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Name: Dailey, Donald (1914-1997)

Historical Note: Donald Earl Dailey was born July 25, 1914, in Minneapolis. He studied engineering and marketing at the University of Toledo and design at the Toledo Museum School of Design. Don worked for a design firm in Toledo and Philadelphia from 1937 to 1946 before opening his own consulting firm in Philadelphia. He moved to Evansville, Indiana, in 1950 to join Servel, Inc., as Vice President of Product Planning. After five years with Servel, Don re-established his design consulting firm in Evansville, serving major corporations throughout the United States. One of his concepts, the Duracell Coppertop battery, became the best selling battery in the world. Don received many design awards over the years, has had his designs exhibited around the world, and was awarded 88 patents, most recently in 1996. In 1994, the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science mounted a retrospective exhibition of his career which ran for five months and then traveled to Jasper and Vincennes. Shortly before his death on April 22, 1997, he was nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Industrial Design Society of America in which he had been active for many years. In addition to his design work, Don was an excellent sculptor and oil painter and enjoyed being surrounded by artwork.

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