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Huntington native, former Ashland Oil exec Brothers dies

Oct. 11, 2012 @ 08:20 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Huntington native and former Ashland Oil and Marathon Ashland Petroleum executive J.A. Fred Brothers died Oct. 9 in Columbus, Ohio.

He was born Nov. 10, 1940, a son of the late John and Genevieve Brothers and sibling of Gloria Brothers.

Brothers earned his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in chemical engineering from Virginia Tech and also attended the advanced management program at Harvard Business School.

In 1967, Brothers began a career with Ashland Oil, later Ashland Inc., and had responsibilities with Ashland Chemical in Columbus, Ohio, Valvoline Oil in Lexington, Ky.; and SuperAmerica in Minneapolis, later Speedway as part of Marathon Petroleum. He negotiated the merger of Ashland's petroleum division with Marathon Oil to form Marathon Ashland Petroleum and coordinated the relocation of the corporation to the greater Cincinnati area.

Brothers served on various boards included the Children's Hospital of Columbus, Columbus Museum of Art and the Defense Enterprise Fund in Washington, D.C. He was a Distinguished Eagle Scout, a member of Virginia Tech's Committee of 100 and was elected to the university's College of Engineering Academy of Excellence.

He retired in 1999 as executive vice president of Ashland Inc. In retirement, he and his wife, Paula, divided their time between Columbus, Naples, Fla., and international travel. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and golf.

He is survived by his wife, Paula; children Fred II (Kim) of Columbus, Sherry Dean (Bobby) of Columbus and Becky Price (Greg) of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and nine grandchildren.

A memorial celebration and reception will take place at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at First Community Church in Upper Arlington, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Kobacker House in care of the OhioHealth Foundation, 180 E. Broad St., Fl. 32, Columbus, OH 43215.

Online condolences may be expressed at Schoedinger Funeral Home's website, www.schoedinger.com.