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HARMON S. EBERHARD, FORMER PRESIDENT AND CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF CATERPILLAR INC., DIES

 HARMON S. EBERHARD, FORMER PRESIDENT AND CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
 OF CATERPILLAR INC., DIES
 PEORIA, Ill., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Harmon S. Eberhard, former president and chairman of the board of Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT), died this morning at Americana Healthcare Center in Peoria at age 92.
 Born in Stockton, Calif., March 9, 1900, his career with Caterpillar spanned more than 50 years.
 "All members of the Caterpillar family are saddened by Mr. Eberhard's death," said Donald V. Fites, Caterpillar chairman. "He played a critical role in the building of Caterpillar and was particularly well known worldwide for his relentless pursuit of manufacturing the highest quality products. He was vigorous and decisive, but also a modest man who possessed integrity of principle and a warm consideration for others."
 Just out of high school, Eberhard's first job at the age of 16 was as a draftsman for The Holt Manufacturing Company -- one of the two companies which merged to create Caterpillar. Holt introduced the first practical crawler tractor 12 years before Eberhard joined the company.
 In 1918, Mr. Eberhard enlisted in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. After a year of overseas service, he returned to Stockton to carry on special work on self-propelled, track-type gun mounts -- then being developed for the U.S. Ordnance Department.
 When Holt and the C.L. Best Tractor Co. merged to form


Caterpillar in 1925, Mr. Eberhard transferred to the engineering staff at the new company's San Leandro, Calif., plant. In 1929, he became assistant general chief engineer there. He became chief engineer in charge of research and engineering in 1931.
 Two years later, he moved to Peoria to head all of the company's engineering activities. In 1942, he became a director of the company and vice president in charge of research, engineering, and manufacturing. He was named an executive vice president in 1950 -- president in 1954 -- and chairman of the board and chief executive officer in 1962. He retired from operations in March, 1966, and retired from the board of directors in 1972.
 Surviving are his wife, Jane Hall Eberhard; a sister, Lilien D. Eberhard of Stockton; a nephew, Alan D. Ahearn of Kent, Wash.; a niece, Mrs. Alice Patricia Campbell of Carmichael, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Sophie Hall Kripe of Irvine, Calif.; a stepgrandson, John Drachman of Irvine, Calif.; and a stepnephew, James E. Conklin of Hutchinson, Kan.
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