John Bauman Tuttle
1906 - 1989

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Lamp Portrait, 1961 John Tuttle, 1977
John B. Tuttle
Lamp Magazine Portrait - 1961
John B. Tuttle
Southbury, CT - 1977


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. Mass.

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 his name.

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 process industries.

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.

PDF     "Ask John Tuttle" - Lamp Magazine, 1961

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