Dr. Henry D. Cross '47
Dr. Henry D. ( Hank ) Cross III is a physical chemist holding degrees from Georgetown University, Holy Cross College, Stevens Institute of Technology and California Coast University with additional graduate study at The University of Notre Dame and Harvard Business School. His professional career has been spent in all aspects of new product development and commercialization. Throughout his distinguised 59-year career, Dr. Cross developed 27 United States patents in consumer products and athletic equipment.
He spent 36 years with Colgate Palmolive retiring as their Technical Director. In addition to leading the development of biodegradable and phosphate free detergents, he was deeply involved with the successful introduction of such familiar brands as Irish Spring, Palmolive Dishwashing Liquid, Etonic footwear and Bike Football Helmets. Dr. Cross held a number of administrative positions in professional and public organizations. He was a Division Director for The American Society of Testing and materials, Chairman of Task Groups developing standards for football helmets, footwear and mouth guards , President of The Hockey Equipment Certification Council, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committees Sports Equipment and Technology Subcommittee and Chairman of The U.S Shooting team. Dr. Cross has been an avid competitive shooter for 71 years. He was a First Team All American at Georgetown, and a lifetime Alumnus of The U.S. Olympic Shooting Team. He is currently Chairman and Managing Director of The Cross Human Performance Testing and Research LLC.