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March/April 2003


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Dick Kirkhart Passes Away at 68
Long-time industry member Richard Paul “Dick” Kirkhart passed away December 12, 2002. Most recently, Kirkhart served as national sales manager of the automotive window division for Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL). He retired from the company in 2001. Kirkhart’s career in the glass industry spanned nearly 25 years, in addition to his continual involvement in civic activities, including membership in the local county Jaycees and Kiawanis club. Kirkhart was also a sponsor of the Big Brothers Association. In 1999, the National Glass Association presented Kirkhart with the Maurice Russell Peterson Memorial Leadership Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Sales and Service. 

In addition to his dedication to the industry and local community, Kirkhart was also a star athlete. He played on two national American Softball Association World Championship teams and was inducted into the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame in 1980 for both softball and basketball. Between 1969 and 1973, he was a member of the Kansas City Royals’ AAA farm club board of advisors in Omaha, Neb. 

A native of Fort Knox, Ky., Kirkhart was a resident of Southgate, Ky., at the time of his death. He is survived by a daughter, Karen Class, and granddaughter, Stephenie Class, sisters Eileen Adams, Jenean Baldwin, Mary Hansen and Sandy Raynes, and brothers Jacob and Timothy Kirkhart. 

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