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Raymond Loewy

AKA Raymond Fernand Loewy

Born: 5-Nov-1893
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 14-Jul-1986
Location of death: Monte Carlo, Monaco
Cause of death: Illness
Remains: Buried, Rochefort-en-Yvelines Cemetery, Rambouillet, France

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Designer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Father of industrial design

Military service: French Army Corps of Engineers (1914-18)

Raymond Loewy worked briefly as a fashion illustrator, but broke into industrial design in 1929, when he was hired by the office equipment maker Gestetner to improve the look of the company's early mimeograph machines. Encasing the machinery in a futuristic shell, Gestetner's mimeographs became an industry leader, and Loewy became one of the foremost stylists of the Twentieth Century. His most recognized designs include the slenderized Coca-Cola bottle, the streamlined Greyhound bus, the John F. Kennedy postage stamp, the Lucky Strike cigarette package, locomotives for the Pennsylvania Railroad, the interiors of NASA's Saturn I, Saturn V, and Skylab, the Sears Coldspot refrigerator, Schick electric razors, several Studebaker models, and the logos of Chubb Corp., Exxon, Greyhound, Nabisco, Shell, and the U.S. Postal Service.

Father: Maximillian Loewy (journalist)
Mother: Marie Labalme Loewy
Wife: Jean Thompson Loewy (m. 1931, div. 1945)
Wife: Viola Erickson Loewy (b. 1922, m. 22-Dec-1948, d. 1995, one daughter)
Daughter: Laurence Loewy (journalist, b. 1953, d. 2008)

    University: BS Electrical Engineering, University of Paris (1910)
    University: MS Engineering, École de Lanneau (1918)

    Croix de Guerre (four citations)
    Raymond Loewy and Associates
    Raymond Loewy International
    American Society for Industrial Designers President (1946)
    Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
    American Society of Interior Designers
    Academy of Achievement
    Royal Society of Arts
    Society of Automotive Engineers
    Naturalized US Citizen 1938
    French Ancestry

Author of books:
The Locomotive: Its Aesthetics (1937)
Never Leave Well Enough Alone (1951, memoirs)
Industrial Design (1951)


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