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F. Ritter Shumway

Deceased Person

Frank Ritter Shumway (27 March 1906-9 March 1992) was a major figure in figure skating in the United States. From 1951 to 1965, he was president of the Ritter Company, a dental chair manufacturer founded by his grandfather Frank Ritter, and later led the company's successor, the Sybron Corporation. The Ritter line was later bought from Sybron by Midmark, and the line is still being sold today. In 1955, Shumway founded the Genesee Figure Skating Club after becoming active (and setting records) in the over-35 category of figure skating competition. Needing a place to train, he donated money to the Rochester Institute of Technology to add an ice rink to its downtown Rochester campus. The ice rink was later named for Shumway. When RIT was forced to move in the mid-1960s, he ensured that the new Henrietta campus would also have an ice arena. The new rink, the Frank Ritter Memorial Ice Arena, was named for Shumway's grandfather, a founder of one of RIT's forerunners, the Mechanics Institute. The Genesee Figure Skating Club also moved to the new arena when it was built in 1968. Shumway became president of the United States Figure Skating Association in 1961, shortly before the entire U.S.  ( Wikipedia article )

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Date of birth
1906-03-27

Death

Date of death
1992-03-09

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