Richard “Dick” Carroll, a former general manager of C.R. Laurence’s (CRL) machinery division in Cicero, Ill., died on January 21, 2021 at the age of 80. He was the long-time president of Sommer & Maca (Somaca) in Chicago from the early 1970s until it was acquired by CRL in 2008. He stayed with the company as general manager until his retirement in 2017.

“Dick will be remembered as a good friend and a gentleman. He could be fiery when advocating for what he felt was best for the team, but always ended with a smile. While at Somaca, he was a strong competitor of CRL,” the company wrote in an internal announcement. “He was instrumental in helping us with the acquisition of Somaca and the subsequent integration into CRL. Following the acquisition, you would never have known we were rivals for so many years. He was very helpful in making the Somaca staff feel welcome in their new company and I know they appreciated his guidance.”

He is survived by his wife, Lois; daughter, Cathy (Michael) Lepczynski; grandchildren, Emily (Chris) Klotsche, Bryan Carroll, Jake Lepczynski and Dana Lepczynski; and sister, Margaret (Ron) Blazek.

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  1. Great article about a great man.

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