H. Russell Smith, former chairman of Avery Dennison Corp., passed away on Sept. 7. He was 100 years old.
Smith worked alongside company founder R. Stanton Avery for nearly 40 years. He joined Avery in 1946 as one-third owner, director, vice president and general manager of the Avery Adhesive Label Company.
Through the years, he served as company president, chief executive and chairman of the board. Until his death, Smith served as a director emeritus of the company, which moved to Glendale this year from Pasadena.
In 2008, Smith was honored by Avery Dennison when it named its Materials Group headquarters in Mentor, Ohio after him.
“Our company owes its existence and character in large part to Russ Smith’s business acumen, personal integrity and generosity of spirit,” said Avery Chairman and Chief Executive Dean A. Scarborough, in a statement. “Above all, he and Stan shared a deep commitment to doing the right thing every day, and together they built a very strong corporate culture. Russ was a model of values-based business leadership.”
Funeral services will be private, and plans for a memorial service will be announced at a later date.