Clinton F. Ivins Jr., owner, president and chairman of Mead Supply Inc. in Buffalo for 32 years, died Monday at his home at the Weinberg Campus in Buffalo after a short illness. He was 90.
Born and raised in Plainfield, N.J., he attended theWardlaw School in Plainfield and the Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H., and he graduated from Princeton University. He rowed on the Princeton freshmen and varsity crews, sang in the chapel choir and was head of the Student News Agency, a campus business. He received a bachelor's degree in engineering and was a member of the college Cannon Club.
After graduating from Princeton in September 1943, he attended the Naval Midshipman's School at Notre Dame, where he received a commission and was ordered to Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for graduate training in electronics and radar. He served for 2 1/2 years in the Pacific during World War II and participated in the Okinawa invasion. During his last year of service, he was navigator of the USS Hydrus, an attack naval transport ship.
Mr. Ivins worked for several electronic instrument companies in New Jersey and Long Island as marketing manager. After moving to Buffalo in 1962, Mr. Ivins held positions including marketing manager of American Optical, assistant to the president of Moog Inc. and general manager of one of Moog's divisions.
He acquired Mead Supply in 1969. Under his management, the company grew substantially and became a leading contractor and industrial equipment supply firm in Western New York.
Mr. Ivins' civic activities included many years with the YMCA, both as a vice president and member of the Plainfield board; 14 years on the Buffalo Metro Board; and 30 years on the board of YMCA Camp Weona. In 1983, he was awarded the Gold Key, the Buffalo YMCA's highest award for a lay person. He also participated for decades in Princeton alumni affairs and professional service organizations.
Mr. Ivins served on the advisory board of Salvation Army Buffalo Area Services for 20 years and was recently honored as a life member. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Buffalo for 42 years, serving as vice president, director, foundation trustee and foundation president, and he was honored as both a Paul Harris Fellow and a "Pops" Phillips Fellow.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Diane D. Ivins; two sons, Clinton III and DeWitt; and a sister, Patricia I. Moody.
A Eucharistic service is scheduled for 11 a.m. June 23 at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, 128 Pearl St., Buffalo.