Superwinch founder Frank Tolsdorf Jr dies

Frank F Tolsdorf Jr, founder and president of Putnam CT-based Superwinch Inc, died April 27, 2003, after a long illness. He was 66.

Born July 18, 1936, in Brooklyn NY, Tolsdorf graduated from Yale University in 1958. He later studied business at the Wharton School and graduated from the Owners and Presidents Management course at Harvard Business School.

Tolsdorf began his career with The Budd Co in Philadelphia PA and later worked at Diner's Club and Detroit Gasket in various marketing positions. He was also active in the community as both a director and chairman of the Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, director of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, and trade groups and civic organizations. Tolsdorf was also a member of the World Presidents' Organization.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Judith Tolsdorf of Brooklyn CT; his sons, Fredrick and Geoffrey Tolsdorf, both of St Louis MO; and by his mother, two brothers, and three grandchildren.

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