Charles Cassius Gates, Jr.

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Charles Cassius Gates, Jr.

Also Known As: "Charlie Gates"
Birthplace: Denver, Denver County, Colorado, United States
Death: August 28, 2005 (84)
Denver, Denver County, Colorado, United States
Place of Burial: Denver, Denver County, Colorado, United States
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Husband of June Scowcroft Gates

Managed by: Howard Eichenwald
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About Charles Cassius Gates, Jr.

Billionaire. Denver businessman, inventor and philanthropist. He graduated from Stanford University, with a degree in mechanical engineering in the class of 1943. Heir to the Gates manufacturing fortune. He succeeded his father as company president and chairman of Gates Rubber Company. With his leadership it became the world's largest non-tire rubber manufacturer. As an educated manager and engineer he expanded the companies base through diverse acquisitions, acquiring other companies including Learjet. He extended their domestic growth across the United States, and coordinated their international globalization throughout the world. In 2004 he was included on Forbes' billionaires list. He was an inventor and held numerous patents. He was a pilot and flew his own corporate jets. He was an avid outdoorsman, who appreciated the beauty of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. He was an accomplished horseman, and loved fly-fishing. He held Honorary Doctorate degrees from Michigan Technical University (1975), Colorado School of Mines (1985), and the University of Colorado at Denver (1998). He served on many boards including the California Institute of Technology, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Colorado Outward Bound School, Round-up Riders of the Rockies, The Nature Conservancy, Colorado Wildlife Heritage Foundation, Denver Art Museum Foundation, and Garland County Day School Foundation. He received numerous awards, most notably the Community Leadership and Service Award from National Jewish Hospital (1974), Management Man of the Year from the National Management Association (1965), March of Dimes Citizen of the West Award (1987), and Businessman of the Year Award from Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry (1996). He was also inducted into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame (1998), and was nominated as an inductee to the National Aviation Hall of Fame. At the time of his death, he was chairman of the Gates Family Foundation, which had benefited recipients $147 million since its creation in 1946. (bio by: Judy Froehlich)

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May 27, 1921
Denver, Denver County, Colorado, United States
August 28, 2005
Age 84
Denver, Denver County, Colorado, United States
Denver, Denver County, Colorado, United States