Raymond M. Trewhella

Raymond M. Trewhella
  • BS Mechanical Engineering 1956

Raymond M. Trewhella earned his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1956.  He also attended the University of South Carolina’s MBA program.  He began his career with Cliff Naturals (Cleveland Cliffs) in 1956 where he was responsible for mechanical and electrical maintenance for 40 skilled associates and the start-up of the first pelletizing iron ore plant in Michigan.  He left in 1960 to assume the position of senior engineer with General Electric Company in Irmo, South Carolina.  While at GE, he received the General Electric Company Managerial Award for Development of the Hermetically Scaled Tantalum Capacitor.

In 1967, at the age of 32, he accepted an offer to join Glassmaster Company in Lexington, South Carolina, as executive vice-president.  In 1970 he became president and in 2001 president and CEO of Glassmaster Company.  He retired in 2007. 

While at Michigan Tech, Ray played basketball.  In 2003 he was elected to the Michigan Technological University Sports Hall of Fame for basketball.

Ray is the holder of patents for the innovative electrical component design.

In 1973 he received the State of Oklahoma, U.S. Senator Dewey F. Bartlette, OKIE Award which entitles him to be an honored citizen from Oklahoma, Key to Intelligence and Enterprise.  From 1975 – 1976 he was the chairman of the Manufacture Council in Columbia, South Carolina, and from 1976 – 1979 he was Director of the Chamber of Commerce for the Greater Columbia area in South Carolina.  The Alumni Association of the University of Oklahoma, College of Medicine honored him with the Amicus Medicine Award in 1980.  He is listed in the National and Heritage Registry of Who’s Who from 2001-2007.  He has served as Church School Superintendent of St. Michael and All Angels Espiscopal Church.

Ray was married to Julianne (Julie) Anderson Trewhella for 59 years.  He lost her to cancer on February 11, 2013.  They have 3 daughters Debbie, Joanne, and Kathleen.  He has five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.