Calvin J. Werner

1907 - 1996  

Inducted 2008

Calvin J. Werner was an engineer, inventor, corporate and community leader and lifelong Daytonian. A product of Dayton schools,  he joined the Dayton Engineering Laboratories (Delco) as a co-op student. After graduation from the University of Cincinnati he began work as a design engineer for General Motor’s Delco Products Division. He quickly moved up the corporate ladder, becoming Chief Engineer, Manager of Manufacturing, General Manager at Moraine Products, Vice President and General Manager of GMC Truck and Coach Division, and Vice President and General Manager of the Cadillac Motor Car Division. He was an able manager with a gift for problem solving. His ability to improve the function of motors led to 64 patents in the field of electric motors and controls. He received a certificate of commendation for his engineering work on generators and landing crafts used by the U.S. Navy during World War II. Mr. Werner was also active in professional organizations and local charities.