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Edwin Lewis Crosby

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Edwin Lewis Crosby (c1881-1934)

1934 Obituary [1]

EDWIN LEWIS CROSBY, President, Director, and Founder of Detroit Electric Furnace Company, died on May 5, 1934, at Ludlow, Mass., U.S.A., as a result of injuries received in a motoring accident.

Mr. Crosby was born 53 years ago in Detroit, Mich. After graduating from Plymouth High School, he worked for the Semet Solvay Company in Detroit. Later, he completed successfully a course in electrical engineering and for several years was in charge of electrical operations in the Semet Solvay plant.

In 1905, Mr. Crosby entered the employ of the Detroit Edison Company, where for thirteen years he was chief power salesman.

On leaving the Edison Company in May, 1918, he organized the Detroit Electric Furnace Company, of which he became Vice-President and General Manager; in 1920 he was elected to the Presidency of the Company.

Mr. Crosby was an active member of the Electrochemical Society for many years. He was also a member of the Foundrymen's Association and a frequent contributor to foundry and electrical engineering trade journals. His interest in the field of electric melting was communicated to utilities, foundries, and industrial concerns, and his courage and ability in this new industry stamped him as a pioneer in electric melting problems.

Mr. Crosby was elected a member of the Institute of Metals on April 11, 1928.

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