Leonard Pool

  Entrepreneurship, integrity and compassion… these three words describe Leonard Pool. His entrepreneurial instincts helped him form Air Products, an industrial gas equipment company, in 1940. His revolutionary idea of […]

 

Entrepreneurship, integrity and compassion… these three words describe Leonard Pool.

His entrepreneurial instincts helped him form Air Products, an industrial gas equipment company, in 1940. His revolutionary idea of building on-site oxygen plants changed an entire industry. What started out as a small Detroit operation has grown into one of the Lehigh Valley’s largest employers – a global company with over 20,000 employees.

Leonard’s integrity guided his business decisions, earning him respect from employees and the corporate community.  Former workers share their memories of this inspirational leader, but Leonard’s contributions extend beyond the boardroom.

Due largely to his compassion, he became an integral part of our Lehigh Valley community.  The loss of his wife Dorothy inspired him to spearhead the formation of Lehigh Valley Hospital.  His efforts helped fulfill his dream of creating a regionally superior hospital.

Two non-profit organizations, the Rider Pool Foundation, and the Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust keep Leonard’s legacy alive by giving back to the community.

We’ll explore this man’s rich heritage, and find out how Leonard Pool’s contributions continue to make our community a better place.