Coding and Marking Veteran Passes
Eva Gottscho, former president and chief executive officer of Adolph Gottscho Inc. (Union, NJ), passed away in June. Mrs. Gottscho was the CEO of Adolph Gottscho for 38 years and a member of the Packaging Education Foundation's Hall of Fame. She was 95.
Mrs. Gottscho’s late husband Ira invented the first automatic imprinting machine in 1937, and the company continued to develop a variety of equipment, from the Rolacoder for marking cases to the Gottjet line of digital printers in 2003. The company became one of the world's largest manufacturers of in-line coding, marking, and imprinting machinery and related supplies for use on cartons, bags, jars, cans, and bottles. Mrs. Gottscho led the company’s 100th anniversary celebrations in 2004.
In an article that PMP News wrote to commemorate the 100th anniversary, Mrs. Gottscho was quoted as saying that she wasn't exactly known for her business acumen when she took over the company after Ira's death in 1971. "I was someone who knew nothing about the business," she says. "But I knew about organization and management." Under her watch, Gottscho grew into a multi-million-dollar company that now contracts and sells to the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world. It currently holds more than 100 patents.
Mrs. Gottscho helped fund the Ira S. Gottscho Packaging Engineering Laboratory in Rutgers University's new biomedical engineering building. She was a member of the board of overseers for the Rutgers University Foundation, and she also received the university's medal for philanthropic excellence.
In 1962, she and Ira founded the Ruth Gottscho Kidney Foundation in memory of their younger daughter after her death from renal failure in 1960. The family has requested that donations be made to the Ruth Gottscho Kidney Foundation, 7 W. Beechcroft Rd., Short Hills, NJ 07078.