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Former Whirlpool Director Dies

June 12, 1986

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) _ Frederick Stanley Upton, who helped build a small washing machine company into the Whirlpool Corp., has died at the age of 95.

Upton, who died Wednesday at Mercy-Memorial Medical Center, came to St. Joseph in 1912 to join his brother, Louis C. Upton, who formed the Upton Machine Co. with two other men in 1911.

The company was renamed the Nineteen Hundred Corp. after an expansion in 1929, and in 1955 merged with Seeger Refrigeration Co.

The merger helped make the company the nation’s leading manufacturer of major appliances for the home. Upton retired as Whirlpool director in the 1975.

Upton was a philanthropist who contributed to the arts, education and medicine. He was considered the driving force behind the founding of the Mercy-Memorial Medical Center in 1950.

He is survived by two sons and two daughters. His wife, Margaret, died in 1975.

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