Frank M. Tait

 1874 - 1962

Inducted 1996


Frank M. Tait was a pioneer industrialist and a contemporary of Orville and Wilbur Wright, Colonel Edward Deeds, James M. Cox and Charles Kettering, part of the generation that made Dayton a center for invention and manufacturing. He was inspired by an early close association with Thomas Edison, and went on to found Tait Manufacturing Company. He was President of the Dayton Power & Light Company and director of the U.S. Pipe and Foundry Company, and at one time was active in 35 major corporations. In 1955 Mr. Tait created the Frank M. Tait Foundation for charitable, scientific, educational and religious purposes out of his personal financial holdings. The Foundation continues to give grants to regional organizations, benefiting many and fulfilling Mr. Tait’s wishes.