Robert A. May

February 5, 2013

Robert A. May

Designer of decorative glassware

Robert A. May was born January 13, 1910, in McKeesport, and died January 5, 2013, in Crosslands, near Kennett Square, just eight days shy of his 103rd birthday.

He was a 1931 graduate of Washington & Jefferson College. He was a member of Alpha Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta. He also studied at Carnegie Tech and Pratt Institute.

On June 8, 1936, he married Carolyn Pierce in Dravosburg. She died April 8, 1988, after celebrating 52 years of marriage. They entered Crosslands in 1977.

For many years, he was a designer of tableware and decorative glassware for Duncan and Miller Glass Co. in Washington. He later joined the industrial design firm of Harold Van Doren in Philadelphia, where he earned several patents. His work included the styling of a wide range of consumer and industrial products varying from cosmetic containers to major appliances and trucks. While living in Wynnewood, he was active with the Boy Scouts and his church. Some of his work may be seen in the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, N.Y., and at the Duncan and Miller Glass Museum.

In 2003, he, along with his niece and dear friend Elizabeth Jean May Kostick, co-transcribed and co-published the Robert John May Civil War diaries.

Surviving are a son, Robert A. May Jr.; a grandson, Robert A. May III of Prattville, Ala.; and two nieces, Elizabeth J. Kostick of Perkasie and Mary Jane Martin of Dunkirk, Md.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 9, in Crosslands, Kennett Square. Arrangements by Kuzo and Grieco Funeral Home, Kennett Square.



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