Marcel Durot, 91

Executive with Gillette, sailing enthusiast

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Marcel C. Durot died on Oct. 7, 2020 in Oak Park. Born in Boston on Sept. 8, 1929, 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 USS Hooper Island, 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. 

In 1965, he moved to Annecy, France, to become president-director general of Gillette France. He returned to the U.S. 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, he 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 Equal tabletop sweetener. In 1985, he started a consulting business which led to assignments in Latin America, Europe, and Russia.

A member of the Young Presidents Organization, in 1967-69, he was president of the National Paraplegia Foundation. In 1980, he assisted a Dartmouth classmate, a quadriplegic, in persuading the U.N. 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 the board of the National Outward Bound organization. A sailing enthusiast, he enjoyed cruising in Narragansett Bay, Nantucket Sound, and the Caribbean, and up the New England coast into Maine.

Marcel Durot leaves his widow, Charlotte Ann Durot; five children from a previous marriage, G. Georges Durot II (Ann), Jennifer C. Durot, Michael M. Durot (Anne), and Robert C. Durot (Kamy), and Andrew Durot; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two step-daughters, Paige Soulé (Ed Varga) and Christa Désir (Julio); and five step-grandchildren. 

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

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