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CARL F. LEITTEN DIES; INVENTOR, FORMER PRESIDENT OF COMPANY

A Mass of Christian Burial for Carl F. Leitten, businessman, father and avid outdoorsman, will be offered at 1 p.m. Wednesday in SS. Peter and Paul Church, 68 East Main St., Hamburg. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Leitten died Sunday (Dec. 30, 1990) in Mercy Hospital.

Leitten was a former president of Electro Refractories & Abrasives Corporation, which was founded in 1919. He became group vice president responsible for Ferro's refractories operations when Electro was acquired by that company in 1967.

Born in Buffalo in 1908, he began his career at Electro in 1926 as a Lab assistant. While studying at the University of Buffalo, he advanced through various managerial positions until 1957, when he became president and chief executive officer of Electro.

He held three patents covering several of Electro's key products. After 47 years of service at Electro, Leitten retired in 1973. During his career and after his retirement, he was a director of Ferro Corporation until 1978.

Leitten was active in numerous civic and religious organizations. He was a member of the American Ceramic Society, Abrasive Grain Association, the Grinding Wheel Institute, American Foundrymen's Association, American Ordnance Association and the National Association of Manufacturers.

He had been involved in the Loyola Guild, was a director of the Men's Sustaining Society of Mercy Hospital and was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of SS. Peter and Paul Church.

Leitten was an active fisherman and became a founding member of the Landikagama Fish and Game Club of Quebec, Canada. Other hobbies included woodworking and gardening.

Leitten was married to the former Mary E. Howe for 47 years, until her death in 1978.

A lifelong resident of Hamburg, he is survived by four sons, Carl F. of Solon, Ohio, Richard A. of Rochester, James H. of Hamburg and David E. of Minneapolis; three daughters, Teresa Taneff of Orchard Park; Mary Catherine Stevens and Elizabeth Moore, both of Hamburg; 20 grandchildren, and one great-grandson.

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