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Ross David Siragusa, Founder of Top Appliance Maker, Dead at 89

April 4, 1996

CHICAGO (AP) _ Ross David Siragusa, who founded what became one of the nation’s leading makers of televisions and other home appliances, died Saturday. He was 89.

Siragusa founded Admiral Corp. in 1934 as the Continental Radio and Television Corp. In 1973, it was acquired by Rockwell International Corp., which later sold Admiral’s domestic appliance business to Magic Chef Inc.

In 1924, Siragusa founded the Transformer Corpation of America. By 1929, it was the nation’s largest seller of radio transformers, but it went out of business five years later during the Depression.

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