Richard D. Bond, 91, founder of companies

May 30, 2002

Richard D. Bond, who sold apples on the streets in Depression-era New York as a teen and later founded companies involved in the electronics and pharmaceutical industries, died Friday at his home in Oxford. He was 91.

Born in Cleveland, Mr. Bond moved with his family to Paterson, N.J., after his father died. His mother, Katherine, took in boarders during the Depression. Mr. Bond left school in the sixth grade and became a runner for Standard & Poor's Corp.

During World War II, he was a proofreader for Doubleday Books, assigned to medical training manuals for the Army. He later became a sales manager for Krylon Paint Co., which sold paint in aerosol cans, then a new item on the market.

"He was a salesman," said a son, the Rev. Michael D. Bond of Chicago. "We used to say he could sell ice to Eskimos."

Mr. Bond later founded Air Control Inc. in Norristown, Pa. The company invented a process that allowed silicon chips to be manufactured in a dust-free "glove box," said his son. Previously the job was done by having workers suit up and enter a sterile room. Mr. Bond based the idea on a baby incubator a friend had developed.

Mr. Bond was a yachtsman and avid deep-sea fisherman.

His first wife, Olivia Conkling, whose family had deep Baltimore roots, died in 1983. Mr. Bond then married Alma "Bunny" Martien and moved to Oxford.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church, 6200 N. Charles St.

In addition to his son and wife, Mr. Bond is survived by another son, Dr. Richard D. Bond Jr. of Annapolis; a daughter, Deborah B. Ellinwood of Jelm, Wyo.; a stepson, J. Cary Martien of Baltimore; three stepdaughters, Elizabeth T. Martien and Anne T. Martien, both of Baltimore, and Dr. Katherine M. Sullivan of Boston; and a grandson.

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