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Douglas B. Littlewood, National Gypsum officer, Boy Scout executive

Sept. 24, 1922 – March 16, 2017

Douglas Burden Littlewood, of Williamsville, former corporate secretary for National Gypsum Co. and a Boy Scout executive, died March 16 in Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Clarence. He was 94.

Born in Buffalo, he attended Lafayette High School and graduated from Buffalo Technical High School. He served as an officer in the Navy during World War II with the rank of lieutenant (junior grade) and was stationed in Hawaii.

Returning from service, he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.

Mr. Littlewood worked as a sales engineer for Otis Elevator Co., then joined National Gypsum in 1949 as assistant to the secretary. As company secretary from 1952 to 1967, he directed shareholder relations and all the company’s stock transactions, as well as overseeing major mergers and acquisitions in France, Australia and Japan.

After leaving National Gypsum, he was an investment banker, then in 1968 established Littlewood Associates Inc., a business broker for major companies. He served as president until 1995, then became chairman of the board.

He was chairman and president of the Greater Niagara Frontier Council Boy Scouts of America and was vice president for the northeast region of the Boy Scouts.

He received the first Distinguished Eagle Award presented in New York State. He also was honored with the Silver Antelope and Silver Beaver awards from the National Council of Boy Scouts. He attended three national Boy Scout jamborees.

He also was a member of the boards of directors of the Salvation Army, where he was chairman emeritus; the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the Western New York Traffic Safety Council, the Buffalo YMCA and the American Society of Corporate Secretaries. He was listed in "Who's Who in America" for five consecutive years.

He was active in the Country Club of Buffalo, the Saturn Club and the Buffalo Canoe Club, where he served as rear commodore.

He also was a Boy Scout troop leader and jamboree leader and coached Little League football and baseball.

A winter resident of Sebring, Fla., he enjoyed tennis, golf, boating, squash, skiing and bridge.

His wife of 59 years, the former Jevene Hope Baker, daughter of a founder and president of National Gypsum, died in 2008.

Survivors include two sons, Douglas B. and Dean H.; a daughter, Laurie Littlewood Kullman; a sister, Julie; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. May 27 in North Presbyterian Church, 300 N. Forest Road, Williamsville.


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