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Thomas Franklin Olin, Sr

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Death: October 30, 1996 (68)
Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, United States
Place of Burial: Kalamazoo, Calhoun County, Michigan, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Merton Franklin Olin and Anne Sylvia Olin
Husband of Gloria Joan Olin
Father of Private
Brother of James H Olin

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About Thomas Franklin Olin, Sr

Thomas Olin joined the United States Army in 1946 and served two years in the military police in Japan, where one of his primary assignments was protection of the area surrounding General Douglas MacArthur’s command headquarters (Dai-Ichi Building) in downtown Tokyo. After being honorably discharged, Olin attended the University of Michigan, earning a bachelor of arts degree in economics (distinguished military graduate), with minors in political science and speech. At the suggestion of a professor, Olin joined the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C., where he worked in clandestine operations in 1952 and 1953. He maintained relationships with the government throughout the 1960s, including serving as a consultant in American foreign relations for several years, before retiring as a Major in the United States Army's Transportation Corps (USAR-TC) in 1969.

In 1964, Olin joined the Archway Cookie Company as bakery general manager in Ashland, Ohio. Putting an emphasis on product freshness and quality, he expanded the bakery – originally a converted Tucker car dealership – into the largest Archway facility in the nation, producing nearly ten million cookies per week.

Olin purchased the company as a partner in 1983, and took the role of Chairman of the Board and co-Chief Executive Officer; he served in that capacity until his death in 1996. By that time, Archway Cookies had become the third-largest cookie brand in the United States, with retail sales reaching a third of a billion dollars annually.

While living in Ashland, Olin served on the Board and as President of the Ashland Public Library (1970-1977), Chairman of the Ashland City School District "Task Force" Survey (1971), Vice President of the Ashland Chamber of Commerce (1970-1972), Director of the Huntington National Bank (1972-1983), Chairman of the Ashland County Heart Fund (1973-1975), and on Ashland University Board of Trustees and President's Advisory Council (1972-1996). He was a participant in the Ashland Manufacturer's Council, a member of the City of Ashland Area Traffic Improvement Committee, and a Board Member of the First Presbyterian Church (1970-1972). He was also member of the Ashland Rotary Club (1966-1983), Young Men's Business Club, and University Club.

As a resident of Battle Creek, Michigan, Olin served on the Battle Creek Community Foundation Board of Trustees (Grant Review Committee) and as a board member of the Michigan National Bank (1983-1996). In addition, he volunteered on behalf of Junior Achievement of Southwest Michigan, the South-Central Michigan Food Bank, the American Cancer Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Children's Miracle Network, the University of Michigan, and Habitat for Humanity. He was a lifelong Master Mason-Scottish Rite (Lodge #419), and Shriner (Saladin Temple).

Olin was named Ashland, Ohio’s first "Citizen of the Year" in 1991.

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Thomas Franklin Olin, Sr's Timeline

April 24, 1928
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
October 30, 1996
Age 68
Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, United States
Memorial Park Cemetery, Kalamazoo, Calhoun County, Michigan, United States