Director Roy Henry

Longtime company director Roy Henry retires

Company director Roy Henry as he appeared in the 1969 annual report

May 25, 1976 (PD: 201711)

Roy M. Henry retired from Johnson Controls’ board of directors after 46 years on May 25, 1976. Henry’s tenure (1930 to 1976) on the board is surpassed in longevity only by that of former company president Harry Ellis, who served from 1900 to 1949.

Henry was the president of Village Blacksmith Corporation of Watertown, Wisconsin, a manufacturer of various implements, most notably butcher and kitchen knives.  Upon his retirement, Henry remarked that “my years of association with Johnson [Controls] were as interesting and fulfilling as any man could wish.”

Fred Brengel, company president and CEO at the time of Henry’s retirement, commented that “we extend deepest appreciation for the high standards of professional counsel he gave to the meetings of the board, and for the interest he took at all times in the progress of the company and the welfare of its employees, and for the depth of understanding which he gave to the views of his fellow board members.”

During his time with the company, annual sales had grown from $5 million to $285 million.