CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. - Charles Walder Parke, who built antimony oxide supplier Laurel Industries Inc. of Cleveland into a multimillion-dollar business, died Sept. 15 in Chautauqua, after a three-year battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease. He was 72. He was a decorated World War II navigator, completing 35 missions, including the first daytime bombing of Berlin. After his plane was shot down in France, he remained in the active service as an instructor until 1945.
He later became executive vice president of Harshaw Chemical Co., then joined management consulting firm A.T. Kearney Inc. In 1983, he founded Laurel Indus-tries by acquiring PPG Industries Inc.'s antimony oxide business.
Parke is survived by his wife, Gloria, two daughters and a son.
LEXINGTON, MASS. - George P. Kovach, the 1965 president of the Society of Plastics Engineers, died July 25 in Lexington at age 83. He had Parkinson's disease.
In 1961, Kovach co-founded Koro Corp., a sheet extruder in Hudson, Mass. Korolast of New England, part of the firm that was sold in the late 1980s, today makes construction products.
He was chief chemist at Foster Grant Co. in Leominster, Mass., during World War II. He was active in the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. and a member of Plastics Pioneers Associ-ation and served on the Plastics Education Foundation board.
Survivors include his wife, Madeline, and two sons.
BOCA RATON, FLA. - Lucille M. Tata, 74, former president of three Leominster, Mass., plastics companies - Tamor Plastics Corp., Victory Button Co. and Carter Industries Inc. - died June 27 in Boca Raton Community Hospital after an illness.
Tata became president and treasurer of the companies after her husband, Domenic P. Tata, died in 1959. She leaves two sons and a daughter.