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Marcel C. Durot

September 8, 1929 October 7, 2020
Marcel C. Durot
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Marcel C. Durot died October 7, 2020 in Oak Park, IL. Born in Boston, he grew up in Waban, Massachusetts. He graduated from Dartmouth College, Class of 1952, and the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration from which he received a BA and an MBA. After two years active duty in the Navy in the Pacific aboard the U.S.S. Hooper Island, (a repair ship which he claimed to be the slowest ship in the United States Navy), he joined the Gillette Safety Razor Company in Boston in the accounting department. He went to Boston College Law School at night for three years and received his law degree in 1960. In June of that year, Gillette transferred him to Montreal to become Controller Treasurer of Gillette of Canada. Mr. Durot returned to Boston to assume various positions in sales and administration. In 1965, he moved to Annecy, France, to become president-director general of Gillette France. (To his surprise, the French government found him to be a French citizen. Not having fulfilled his French compulsory military service, he was assigned to sign up for the French Army after assurances that, with five children, he was beyond the age of being called up for active service). He returned to the United States and, as corporate vice president was successfully the president of a number of Gillette divisions/subsidiaries including the Paper Mate Company, the Toiletries Division and the Toni Company. At Paper Mate, Mr. Durot was instrumental in the success of the Flair Pen. He left Gillette in 1977 and, after a three-year stint with Mattel, joined G.D. Searle & Co. in Chicago as vice president and general manager of Searle’s nascent Consumer Products Division. During his tenure, Searle Consumer Products enjoyed the extremely successful launch of the Equal tabletop sweetener. Following the sale of Searle to Monsanto in 1985, Mr. Durot started a consulting business which, in addition to the United States, led to assignments in Latin America, Europe, and Russia.

Mr. Durot was a member of the Young Presidents Organization. In 1967-69, he was president of the National Paraplegia Foundation. In 1980, Mr. Durot assisted a Dartmouth classmate, a quadriplegic, to persuade the United Nations to declare 1981 as the Year of Disabled Persons with its international logo of the wheelchair symbol. He served on the boards of the Hurricane Island (Maine) Outward Bound School, the Minnesota Outward Bound School, as well as on the board of the National Outward Bound organization. A sailing enthusiast, Mr. Durot enjoyed cruising in Narragansett Bay, Nantucket Sound, and the Caribbean, and up the New England coast into Maine.

Mr. Durot leaves his widow, Charlotte Ann Durot, and five children from a previous marriage, G. Georges Durot II and wife Ann of Atlanta, GA, Jennifer C. Durot of Lindenhurst, IL, Michael M. Durot and wife Anne of Lake Forest, IL, Robert C. Durot and wife Kamy of Lake Forest, IL, and Andrew J. Durot of Leesburg, VA, thirteen grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, two step-daughters, Paige Soulé and husband Ed Varga of Richmond, IL and Christa Désir and husband Julio of Oak Park, IL and five step-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donation to Beacon Place Scholarship Fund, 603 S. McAlister Ave.,Waukegan, IL 60085 www.beacon-place.org are appreciated.

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603 S. McAlister Ave.
Waukegan, Illinois 60085
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