CAMBRIDGE, OHIO — Shirley Knight, who had been a part of custom thermoformer Fabri-Form Co. since its founding in 1943, died Aug. 30 at the Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center in Cambridge. She was 90.
Knight helped her husband build Fabri-Form, a company that started out manufacturing products in support of the war effort. In the 1960s, Fabri-Form made space-helmet visors for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, including the visor John Glenn wore when he became the first American to orbit the Earth. Today the Byesville, Ohio-based firm specializes in thermoformed transport packaging.
Knight served as secretary of Fabri-Form from 1943-62, when she became president and treasurer following the death of her husband. The firm continued to grow for more than 30 years under her leadership.
Knight served as chairman of the board and treasurer until 1991. As chairman emeritus, she continued to sell the company's products until a week before her death.
Knight received an array of awards during the years for her accomplishments in business as well as community service.
She was active in Junior Achievement, the Girl Scouts, the Red Cross, the Ohio Arts and Crafts Guild and in her church.
She is survived by a son, John, now president and chief executive officer of Fabri-Form; a daughter, Juliann Knight Trischler of Pittsburgh; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.