Longtime plastics industry executive and consultant Rom Rhome died April 22 in Houston. He was 86.
Rhome was a graduate of the University of Texas and was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. He earned an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School before entering the plastics industry, first with plastic pipe maker Carlon Products Corp. of Cleveland and next with Uniroyal Chemical Co. of Naugatuck, Conn., where he managed ABS and PVC products.
Rhome also worked with the now-defunct ABS Institute to manage a pair of congressional hearings on construction-code revision in the late 1960s. In 1980, he formed Rhome & Co. Inc., a Houston-based consulting firm. He was inducted into the University of Texas College of Natural Science's Hall of Honor in 2000.
Rhome played an advisory role with the college for many years and established funds, endowments and a professorship.