"Vieve" Gore Dies at 91
Genevieve Walton Vieve Gore, who with her husband
founded W. L. Gore & Associates, died January 20 in Newark,
Delaware, after a brief illness. She was 91.
Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1913, she married Wilbert
L. Bill Gore in 1935. During World War II, they
moved to Delaware where he began a career with the DuPont
Co. On their 23rd wedding anniversary January 1, 1958,
with five children to support, two of them in college
Bill, Vieve, and their eldest son, Bob, set up shop in the
basement of the familys Newark home to make PTFE-insulated
ribbon cable. Bills research at DuPont had convinced
him that there was a market in the growing computer industry
for wire insulated with the polymer called polytetrafluoroethylene
(PTFE), known at DuPont by the trade name TEFLON®.
A full and equal partner with her husband, Mrs. Gore at first
made sure all the bills were paid, then helped W. L. Gore
& Associates grow into a billion-dollar corp- oration,
along the way developing thousands of innovative products,
such as separators, membranes and shielding for the battery,
fuel cell, and electromagnetic compatibility industries, and
successful consumer brands such as GORE-TEX® waterproof
Active in the company until her death, Vieve continued to
be a presence at the companys offices, serving on the
board of directors and, as its most tenured associate, delighting
Gore associates by officiating at events honoring the accomplishments
of those who followed her inspiration.
She received numerous awards, including honorary doctoral
degrees from Utahs Westminster College in 1982 and Goldey-Beacom
College in 1991, a medal of distinction from the University
of Delaware in 1983, and induction to the Delaware Womens
Hall of Fame in 1989.
Although Bill died in 1986 while they were on a hiking trip
in the Rocky Mountains, both he and she were elected to the
Delaware Business Leaders Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Junior
Achievement National Business Hall of Fame in 2003.
Her survivors include two sons, three daughters, 21 grandchildren
and 33 great-grandchildren.