Harlow Curtice


Harlow Curtice

Harlow Herbert Curtice (August 15 1893, Petrieville, MichiganNovember 3 1962, Flint, Michigan) was an American auto industry executive. He was raised in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. He graduated from the Ferris Institute in 1914.

After moving to Flint, Michigan in 1914, Curtice began his meteoric rise at General Motors (GM). He started as a bookkeeper for GM's AC Spark Plug Division, becoming that company's comptroller at just 21, and president at 36.

He ascended to the vice presidency of GM in 1948, and four years later became GM's CEO and president on February 2 1953. He believed, like Harley Earl, that style was extremely important in making new cars. He retired on August 31 1958.

He resided in Flint throughout his career. He was selected as Man of the Year for 1955 by TIME magazine.

He died at his home in Flint in 1962, aged 69.

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