ACerS Member E. Ronald Tostevin Jr., died on March 13, 2008. He was born May 29, 1928, in New York City.
He attended Trinity College and graduated cum laude from Alfred
College of Ceramics, starting his professional career as an industrial
ceramics engineer with Western Electric Co. in Allentown, PA.
He was a project engineer, making ceramics for the first
Trans-Atlantic Cable. He also worked for Frenchtown CFI in Frenchtown,
N.J., as vice president in charge of production. He moved to western
Pennsylvania in 1971, to work for Glass Beads Co. and also to Basic
Glass in Oklahoma. He eventually became the owner and president of both
companies, a position he held until his retirement in 1993.
He was an Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War. In
addition to being a member of the American Ceramics Society, he was
also a member of the Latrobe Chamber of Commerce and a former member of
the Westmoreland Economic Development Corp.
He was very active as an actor and director with the Valley Players
of Ligonier. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Audrey Kirchman
Tostevin; two daughters, Laura T. Sacchi, of Big Sky, MT, and Cynthia
Sarver and her husband, Daniel, of Ligonier, PA.; a son, E. Ronald
Tostevin III, of Hewitt, N.J.; and four grandchildren, Helena Carla
Sacchi, Benjamin Lansing Saad and James Andrew and Tyler Morgans