Susan Warburton Pitcher

Honored by:Linda Cone
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1934-1992 It gives me great pleasure to honor my sister in this small way through a donation to The Plaza of Heroines. Unbeknown to her she was a role model and true Heroine in my life. I will always remember her as a trail blazer for women never letting her lack of experience or the fact she was a woman stand in her way to her rise as an executive with a major corporation. The highlights of her career came after nearly 20 years of hard determined work! She was named Vice President-Marketing for Clairol Appliance a division of Bristol Myers in 1975. This position involved her in the intro of the first handheld hair dryer and the first steam curling iron as well as "Hot" rollers!

Also in 1979 she was recognized by the Women's Academy of Achievers in NYC. Iowa State University held a special place in her heart and she was grateful for the opportunities the University gave in fact she was a D.J. in Friley Hall for WOI-RADIO! What a woman to venture into Friley in the early 1950's!! In addition Susan was a dedicated wife sister and daughter putting her family first. P. S.: Susan's parents, Leslie C. and Alice L. Olson Warburton are also alums of ISU (1929 & 1930) Mrs. Pitcher was former vice president at Bristol Meyers Susan J. Taylor Pitcher 57 of 152 Surfside Ave. Quonochontaug Charlestown wife of Gerald Pitcher died Wednesday Jan. 1, 1991 after a brief illness.

Born Sept. 11, 1934 in Los Angeles she was the daughter of Alice (Olson) Warburton of Marion, Ill. and the late Leslie Warburton. Mrs. Pitcher graduated from Iowa State University in 1956 with degrees in journalism and home economics. From 1956 to 1966 she held public relations positions with General Mills Grey Adevrtising and Vernon Pope. From 1966 to 1969 she was a manager at Ronson Corp. supervising development of new kitchen appliances.

From 1970 to 1981 she was employed by the Clairol Appliance Division of Bristol Meyers where she was named a vice president in 1975. She was involved in the development and introduction of the first high-wattage hand-held hair dryer and the first steam curling iron. She had lived in New York City for 20 years. In addition to her husband and mother Mrs. Pitcher leaves two sisters Mickey Ashe of Marion and Linda Cone of Weatherby Lake, Mo.; four step-daughters Debbie Pitcher of Arlington, Va.; Leslie Hennebry of Old Saybrook, Conn.; Susan Taylor of Malibu, Calif.; and Christine Marini of New York City; and her former husband Howard G. Taylor of San Diego, Calif.