In Memoriam: L. Ross Beard, R.R. Street & Co.


In Memoriam
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L. Ross Beard

L. Ross Beard

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — L. Ross Beard, CEO and president of drycleaning chemicals manufacturer R.R. Street & Co., died April 20 at the age of 68.

Beard had held a leadership role in the company for 34 years and had the distinction of being one of Street’s longest-serving chief executives, the company says.

Whether fighting off litigation and leading the company to precedent-setting victories before the Texas Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, or most recently, completing the acquisition of Street’s oldest competitor, Adco, Beard was a devoted and loyal company leader, Street adds.

In a press release, R.R. Street & Co. says it has been fortunate, throughout its history, to have been led by some “exceptional individuals,” and that Beard shared in a long legacy of excellence that started with founder Robert R. Street.

“Street simply would not be the successful company it is today without Ross’ innumerable contributions to all aspects of the business. Ross’ tireless dedication to Street, his leadership in the industry, his wisdom, humor and perseverance will be long remembered with gratitude.”

Surviving Beard is his wife of 38 years, Judy; four children, Christopher Beard, Jane Smith, Marc Beard and Jon Beard; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday in Naperville.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial donations be made to The University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation, 5841 S. Maryland Ave, MC1140, Chicago, IL 60637; online at


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