VERO BEACH, FLA. - Gilbert C. Eggleston, 74, a PVC pipe pioneer and longtime consultant, died June 25 at his home in Vero Beach. He had cancer, said his wife, Virginia.
Eggleston was a graduate of Northwestern University and the Stanford Executive Program. He was a Marine Corps captain during World War II, serving in Guam, Iwo Jima and the South Pacific. After the war, he joined Aluminum Co. of America. In 1948, he joined Johns Manville Corp.
He was active during the very beginnings of plastic pipe. Johns Manville began extruding PVC pipe in the early 1960s.
Eggleston rose through the company to vice president and general production manager of pipe manufacturing, covering the entire United States.
He retired in 1972. He moved to Vero Beach and, together with Nicolaas Van Vonno, formed a plastics consulting firm.
Eggleston was a member of the board of directors of extruder maker American Maplan Corp. of McPherson, Kan.
Virginia Eggleston said her husband just had been elected into the Plastics Pioneers Association. He also was a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers and the Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association.