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Former President of Eureka Company Dead at 79

August 16, 1988

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) _ Harold W. Schaefer, an inventor and former president of Eureka Co., the vacuum cleaner manufacturer, died Monday at age 79, company spokesmen said.

An electrical engineer and the holder of more than 100 patents, Schaefer joined Eureka in 1962 and served as president and director until his retirement in 1980.

The Chicago native, born Feb. 16, 1909, worked as a young man for Chicago- based Majestic Radio, where he invented a power supply system considered an important component in the development of the radio industry.

From 1941 to 1943, he served as director of engineering and manufacturing for the applied physics laboratory at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he worked on projects for the U.S. Office of Scientific Research and Development.

In 1943, Schaefer became manager of facilities planning and radio and television product development for RCA Corp., but he left the following year to become division manager in charge of engineering, manufacturing and product development for the Westinghouse Electric Corp.

Schaefer joined Philco in 1950 as vice president and director of engineering of consumer and commercial products and later became general manager of the appliance division.

Schaefer is survived by his wife Mary and a son, Harold.

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