Laconia Citizen - Wednesday Nov. 8, 1989, p5
SANBORNTON -- John Bauman Tuttle of Heritage Village, Southbury, Conn.,
died at his home there Oct. 27 of cardio-respiratory
failure after a long confinement.
A memorial and committal service will be held Nov. 11 at the Root-Meader-Tuttle
memorial park at Calef Corner, adjacent to the Root
house that for many years had been the summer home of
his wife's parents, Professor and Mrs. Ralph E. Root.
The Rev. Diane Root of Pittsfield, Mass., Mr. Tuttle's niece,
and the Rev. Leanne Tigert of the Sanbornton Congregational
Church, will conduct the service. A reception at
Calef Farm nearby, the home of Olive Root Meader and
Dr. Ralph G. Meader, will follow.
Mr. Tuttle is survived by his wife, Charlotte Root Tuttle of
Southbury, CT; a sister, Ruth E. Tuttle of Ravenna,
Ohio; and three sons, John Root Tuttle, Ph.D., of
Rochester, N.Y., Jeremy Ballou Tuttle, Ph.D., of
Earlysville, Va., and David Bauman Tuttle of Reading.
Mr. Tuttle received
a bachelor of arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan
University in 1929. He joined the research staff of
ESSO that year, beginning a long career with Standard
Oil Co. of New Jersey, now Exxon Corp., and its
affiliates. Early work on petroleum waxes and
specialized lubricants yielded several patents under
When the Marketing
Coordination group was formed within ESSO, Mr. Tuttle
shifted assignments, becoming a founding member and
developing a specialty in toxicology, brands, and
precautionary labeling. He was cited in 1961 by the
American Petroleum Institute for decades of effort to
form and introduce uniform precautionary labeling
across all petroleum and related industries. Mr.
Tuttle's efforts were based upon his strong belief
that clear, concise and accurate labeling was
necessary for safe use of petroleum products and upon
his longtime study of petroleum use in dozens of
During World War
II, he worked on uncompensated loan from Standard Oil
to various war efforts, including resource
allocation, the Manhattan Project and other ordnance
projects. Afterward, he stayed with Marketing
Coordination at Standard Oil's New York headquarters
and became known as the "ESSO Answer Man."
His experience in many phases of the oil industry and
his belief that "every honest question deserves
an answer," led him to help both colleagues and
customers. He was a regular contributor to Oilways
Magazine, an internal company publication of Standard
Oil, and was a listed emergency consultant to the New
York area Poison Control Center.
Mr. Tuttle retired
in 1971 and moved from Pelham Manor, N.Y., to Heritage
Village in Southbury, Conn.