WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Washex Machinery Corp. reports that Steven Landon, a former company president, died Monday at the age of 87.
In 1946, Landon began what would be a 36-year stint as Washex president when aging founder Abe Traube turned control over to him. Washex machines became virtually standard in the drycleaning sector under Landon’s guidance, the company says on its website, and a company spokesman on Wednesday called him “a recognized leader and innovator who contributed tirelessly to the advancement of the laundry and drycleaning industries.”
Landon was known for his engineering expertise. He served many years as the Textile Care Allied Trades Association’s (TCATA) liaison to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and as its liaison to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). He served two terms on TCATA’s board of directors (1962-68 and 1972-78), the latter as vice president.
In 1998, TCATA awarded him the prestigious J. Morry Friedlander award for his outstanding dedication and service. He is one of only five people to have been honored in this way.
Surviving him are his wife of 60 years, Erika; a son, Glenn Landon; two daughters, Renie Shapiro and Genie Landon; and eight grandchildren.
Graveside services are scheduled for noon today at Emanu El Memorial Park in Houston. The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline, Houston, TX 77004.