Dick Frauenheim, former President & CEO of Diversified CPC, passed away peacefully on March 9.
Frauenheim was born in Pittsburgh, PA on May 30, 1942. In 1964, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University and joined Diversified CPC as VP of Sales shortly after the company was founded, becoming a key member of its original management team. In 1992, Frauenheim led a management group that included Bill Auriemma and Chip Heun; the group purchased the company in partnership with Bank One Venture Corp. from the original entrepreneurs, George Dietrich and Bob Svenson. Bank One later sold its interest in the company to Sumitomo Corp. of the Americas in 1995.
Frauenheim would go on to lead DCPC in establishing a global presence with joint venture propellant plants built in Germany (Klockner CPC) and China (Shanghai CCL Custom Manufacturing and Diversified Propellants Co.).
Frauenheim was also extremely involved in industry trade associations, holding leadership positions in regional aerosol associations. He also served as a long-time Executive Board member, as well as serving a term as Chairman of the Aerosol Products Division, of CSMA (now the Household & Commercial Products Association or HCPA). In 1993, he received the Charles E. Allderdice Jr. Memorial Award, the highest award offered by the HCPA.
Frauenheim was influential in the success of the aerosol industry for many years and was a mentor to many of its current leaders. He retired from DCPC in 2000 and is the uncle of DCPC VP of Operations, Bill Frauenheim.
Dick Frauenheim leaves behind his wife, Rita; two daughters, Cathi Caimi and Donna Johnson; four grandchildren; brother Bill and sister Cathy Hospodor.
The funeral was held Tuesday, March 16, 2021.
The family requests that memorial donations in Frauenheim’s memory be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN.
The official obituary can be accessed at https://www.volpefh.com/obituary/John-Frauenheim