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Wysor, Rufus J., 1855-1967


Biographical Note

Rufus Johnston Wysor was born to Henry C. and Mary E. (Shipp) Wysor on December 8, 1855, in Dublin, Virginia. He attended VPI from 1902 to 1906, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. Between 1910 and 1917, he married Elizabeth Mary McFate (b.1895). They had two daughters and a son. In 1961, Wysor wrote Boyhood Days in Southwest Virginia. After graduation, Wysor worked for a series of steel companies with increasing responsibility: Carnegie Steel in 1906, Bethelhem Steel Company in 1912, James & Laughlin Steel Corporation in 1925, and Republic Steel Corporation in 1930. He served as President of the Republic Steel Corporation in Youngstown, Ohio, from 1937 to 1945. He retired in order to consult on the rebuilding of the German steel industry following World War II. He went on to consult for private companies and government agencies in the United States, Canada, Japan, Greece, and Turkey. Wysor died in Sea Island, Georgia, on June 11, 1967.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Rufus J. Wysor Papers

Identifier: Ms-1968-008

The collection includes two letters from his father, Henry C., written in 1889 and 1904, as well as two forms from the VPI Military Department, dated 1905 and signed by Rufus J. Wysor.

Dates: 1889, 1904-1905