Alonzo Barnard Kight Jr. (SHS 1932)


Alonzo Barnard Kight, 99, of Palm City, FL, passed away on September 12, 2014 at Martin Medical Center, Stuart, FL.


Born in New York City on April 24, 1915, he was the son of Alonzo B. Kight, a prominent New York architect and Florence Elizabeth Cox.  Graduating from Scarsdale High School in 1932, he earned an AB degree from Harvard in 1936, LLB and JD degrees from Columbia Law School in 1940, a Master of Patent Law degree in 1942 from Georgetown University, an Engineering Certificate from  the University of Maryland in 1945, and A MBA from the University of Chicago in 1954.  He was admitted to practice law in Washington, D.C., Illinois and before the Supreme Court of the U.S.

Lon began his business career in 1941 in the Patent Department of the Western Electric Co. in Washington, D.C.  He was commissioned an Ensign in the USNR in December 1943 and served as Legal Assistant and Patent Officer at the Naval Research Laboratory in Anacostia, MD until 1946 when he rejoined Western Electric in NYC as Patent Attorney.  There he filed and prosecuted foreign patent applications primarily on the transistor inventions of Bell Laboratories.  In 1948, he joined the Borg-Warner patent department in Chicago where he filed patent applications, handled appeals and became involved in negotiating patent and licensing agreements and acquisitions.  In 1952, he was appointed Administrative Assistant to the President of Borg-Warner.Next in 1955 he was elected Vice President of Borg-Warner International, becoming President in 1961. He was elected a Corporate Vice President of Borg-Warner in 1962.  From 1964 to 1968 he served as President of the Norge Division of Borg-Warner.  In 1969 he joined Rockwell International as Corporate Vice President with responsibility for expanding the international activities of Rockwell.  When he retired in 1980 the international activities of Rockwell represented one quarter of Rockwell’s total business.

During his corporate life and subsequent retirement, Lon and Audrey  traveled throughout Europe, South America, the Middle East and Far East.  He had a working knowledge of French, German, Spanish and Japanese.

Lon was remained active throughout his as a director of numerous organizations, including American Baking Corp, First Federal Savings and Loan of Chicago, American Boat Inc of Rockford, North American Biological Corp., Instrumentation Laboratories of Lexington, MA, and Martin Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Prior to retiring he was a member of the University Club of Chicago, the Lake Shore Club, The Chicago Yacht Club, The Harvard Club of NYC, The Field Club of Fox Chapel, the Duquesne Club of Pittsburgh, Phi Delta Phi, and Beta Gamma Sigma.

He Married Jean Pirie of Chicago in 1942.  Their daughter Jean (Bonnie) died in 1988. He married Audrey Anne Nelson in 1971 and has lived in Florida since 1981.

He was an avid skier and golfer throughout his life and has many friends and golf partners at his favorite home golf club at Pipers Landing where he was still playing regularly up until this recent illness.

With their love of learning and technology, Lon and Audrey, were generous donors through their Philanthropic Foundation and support of the Indian River Community State College in Fort Pierce, Florida. Their legacy will live on through “The Kight Center for Emerging Technologies.” located on the campus of Indian River Community State College in Fort Pierce, Florida.

He is survived by his wife, Audrey, his brother, Richard E. Enright Jr. of Palm City, FL; his sister, Jane Kight Redden of Stuart, FL; nieces, Janet Kight Porter, Deborah Kight Predzin, Kathy Kight Clark:  nephews, Richard W. Redden, Paul W. Redden III, Richard Enright III, Alonzo B. Kight and William D. Kight and several grand nephews and nieces including: Jasmine Kight Kalenuik, Jessica K. Porter, Sally Jo Redden, Matthew B. Barnwell, Karilyn Clark Barber, Jodee Clark Spring, Paul W.  Redden IV, Jason Redden, Emily Houldcroft, Frederick Barrett, Christina Redden: Great Grand Nephews JaVon Evo DeLancy and Dallas Kight. He was preceded in death by his brother, William D. Kight.

A Celebration of Life will be announced and held at a future date.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Forest Hills Funeral Home, Palm City.

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