SOUTH BEND, IND. — Frank Dyke, 42-year-old vice president of sales and marketing for Syscon International Inc., died of complications from a brain tumor early June 19 at his home in Granger, Ind.
Dyke had been too ill to work since Jan. 10, Steven J. Thomas, president of the South Bend-based process controls maker, said in an interview later that day at Syscon's NPE booth in Chicago. Dyke joined Syscon in December 1995 from Barber-Colman Co. of Loves Park, Ill., where he had worked since May 1992, most recently as manager of sales and marketing.
After starting in sales and product marketing for Westinghouse Electric Corp., the Jackson, Mich., native worked in Cleveland from 1986-92 at Rockwell Automation/Allen-Bradley. While there, ``he basically started up what today is our plastics business,'' serving the extrusion, blow molding and injection molding industries, said Bob Wenstrup, business manager for global business development at Rockwell.
``He started from ground zero,'' Wenstrup said in a June 24 telephone interview from his office in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. ``He had the vision.'' Wenstrup said that, apart from extraordinary business acumen, Dyke had the ability to inspire and get the most out of people who worked for him.
``He was an excellent team builder, and he gave back, too,'' said Wenstrup, who never worked for Dyke, but who counted him as a good friend and colleague.
Meanwhile, Thomas, who also knew Dyke for many years, said: ``In his 13 months at Syscon, Frank not only became my right-hand man, but also one of my closest personal friends. It's a big loss for the company and I think it's also a loss for the plastics industry.''
The funeral was June 21 in Boyne City, Mich. Dyke is survived by his wife, Kara, and sons, Frank L., 15, and Andrew, 12.