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H. Earl Hoover, Former Chairman of Vacuum Cleaner Company, Is Dead

November 16, 1985

GLENCOE, Ill. (AP) _ H. Earl Hoover, the retired chairman and honorary director of the vacuum cleaner manufacturer, has died at the age of 94.

Hoover, who died Wednesday in Highland Park Hospital, retired in 1974 after 60 years with the Hoover Co., based in Canton, Ohio.

He developed many patents for the sweeper, and helped make famous the company slogan of ″It beats as it sweeps as it cleans.″

A native of Kansas City, Mo., Hoover was an engineering graduate of the University of Michigan. He began his career in the Hoover-Mason Phosphate Co. before going to work in 1914 at what was then the Hoover Suction Sweeper Co., a business founded by his uncle, W.H. Hoover.

Also known for his philanthropic works, Hoover was instrumental in establishing the Boy Scouts’ H. Earl Hoover Scout Reservation near Yorkville, Ill., and received the Scouts’ Silver Beaver and St. George awards.

Survivors include his wife, Miriam, and four sons. A memorial service will be held Saturday in Northfield.

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