Ray C. Robbins passed away peacefully on October 7 with members of his family at his side. He was born in 1920 in Fabius, New York, a suburb of Syracuse. He is survived by his wife Lois and three children.
Ray spent his 51 year career with Lennox International Inc, starting at the Syracuse factory. He then moved to the Columbus, Ohio plant and served as a plan engineer, teaching installing contractors how to measure and install Lennox products. From there, he moved to Toronto, Canada with the assignment to build and office and factory complex and to begin a marketing program to sell Lennox products in Canada.
Lennox was a privately held company at the time Ray was promoted and relocated to the company's headquarters in Marshalltown, Iowa as Executive Vice President. He then replaced the aging President as Chief Executive officer of Lennox worldwide.
In 1977 the decision was made to move the company's Research center to Carrollton, Texas. All Corporate employees were relocated in 1978, completing the establishment of Lennox's sizable entity in the Dallas area location.
Today, Lennox is a public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange and has grown into one of the largest suppliers of heating and air conditioning products for international consumption.
Robbins was later named Chairman of The Board of Directors, an office he held until his retirement in 1991.