Former CEO of GM Delco, Dies at 61
LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) _ Gary W. Dickinson, former chief executive officer of General Motors Delco Electronics Corp., has died. He was 61.
He died Sunday at Angela Hospice in this suburb west of Detroit.
Dickinson joined GM in 1960 and was president and chief executive officer of Delco and executive vice president of Hughes Electronics from 1993-1996.
``Gary’s natural leadership had a profound impact on General Motors,″ Robert C. Stempel, retired GM chairman, said in a news release. ``Among his many contributions was his work in Washington, D.C., where he opened new avenues of dialogue and understanding for the industry with legislators and regulators on emissions standards.
``He was the first president and CEO of Delco Electronics and there helped bring into today’s cars and trucks many of the electronic innovations which were only ideas in the minds of scientists,″ Stempel said.
Dickinson was co-founder of the United States Council for Automotive Research. He was active in the Society of Automotive Engineers, where he organized and chaired a variety of events and boards.
He also served as chairman of Nonlinear Dynamics Inc. of Ann Arbor.
A native of Cedar Grove, N.J., Dickinson earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Duke.
He is survived by his wife, Libby of Bloomfield Hills, two children and two brothers.