Affinia Group Inc. has established a memorial scholarship fund through the University of the Aftermarket Foundation in memory of Larry W. McCurdy, a long-time leader in the industry and Chairman of the Affinia Board of Directors beginning with the company’s inception in 2004.
Affinia Group has initiated the fund with a contribution of $50,000 and pledged an additional $50,000 matching contribution for others who would like to honor McCurdy’s distinguished career and numerous contributions to the aftermarket.
“Larry served as a mentor to so many people throughout his long career and truly inspired new generations of young talent,” said Affinia President and CEO Terry McCormack. “Because Larry was such an advocate for knowledge, professionalism and integrity within the aftermarket, we believe this memorial fund is fitting recognition for his life and career.”
McCurdy served as Chairman of the Board, president and CEO of Echlin Inc. from March 1997 until its merger with Dana in 1998. After the merger, he served as president of the Aftermarket Group at Dana Corporation until his retirement in 2000. He joined the Affinia Group board upon its founding in December 2004 and served in this role until his death on Aug. 3 at age 75.
McCurdy also held senior executive positions at Cooper Industries, Inc. and Moog Automotive, Inc., where he was president and CEO, and with Tenneco Inc., where he was president of its Walker Manufacturing subsidiary and executive vice president of North American operations. He also served on the Board of Directors of Lear Corporation, Mohawk Industries, Inc. and General Parts, Inc.
To make a donation to the Larry McCurdy Memorial Scholarship Fund, send checks payable to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation to Susan Medick, AAIA, 7101 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 1300, Bethesda, MD 20814. Please note on your check that the donation is for the “Larry McCurdy Memorial Scholarship Fund.”
For more information, contact Barbara Cunningham, administrator, University of the Aftermarket Foundation, at [email protected].