Jan. 12, 1930 – Aug. 26, 2016
Frank Putnam Wilton, of East Aurora, retired president of Ethox Corp. in Buffalo, died Aug. 26 in Harris Hill Nursing Facility, Clarence, after a short illness. He was 86.
Born in Grosse Pointe, Mich., he earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 1952, where he was secretary of his class, and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University in 1954. He then served for three years in the Air Force as a second lieutenant based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, where he worked on electronic countermeasures for military aircraft.
Mr. Wilton moved to Buffalo in 1960 and served as marketing manager for Twin Coach Co., treasurer for the aerospace subsidiary of ARO Corp. and vice president and a director of Williams Gold Refining Co.
In 1972, he purchased an interest in Ethox Corp., a manufacturer of surgical supplies and sterile disposable medical products, and served as president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board until the company was sold in 1999. In retirement, he served as a pro bono consultant to several small companies.
He was a former chairman of the Health Industry Manufacturers Association and served on its board of directors for 12 years.
Mr. Wilton was a member of the boards of directors of numerous companies. Locally, they included Rigidized Metals Corp., Militello Holdings Inc., LeRoy Industries, Mead Supply Co., Dinaire Corp. and Bison Iron and Fence.
He served as chairman and trustee of the Buffalo General Hospital Foundation, president and director of Junior Achievement of the Niagara Frontier, vice president and director of the Buffalo Zoological Society and vice president and trustee of the Elmwood Franklin School. He also served on the East Aurora Zoning Board of Appeals.
He was a member of the Saturn Club, Buffalo Tennis and Squash Club, Buffalo Canoe Club, Yale Club in New York City and the Coral Beach Club in Bermuda.
He was a member of the Yale University Alumni Board and the board of directors of the Yale Alumni Fund. He also was chairman of the 55th reunion of his Yale class.
His wife of 55 years, the former Annette Stevens, died in May.
Survivors include two daughters, Annette P. and Lucy B.; two sons, Frank S. and Benjamin W.; and three grandchildren.
A service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday in Elmwood Franklin School, 104 New Amsterdam Ave.