C. L. Matthews Funeral; Business and Civic Leader
December 27, 1968
Memorial services for Claude L. Matthews, member of an old St. Louis family and a business and civic leader, will be at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Alexander and Sons undertaking establishment, 6175 Delmar boulevard.
Mr. Matthews, Weidmann Road, Manchester, died yesterday at Missouri Baptist Hospital from injuries suffered when he fell at his home Monday. He was 88 years old.
He and his brother, William, founded the W. N. Matthews Corp., an electrical company, in the early 1900s. The firm was merged with another when Mr. Matthews retired in the 1950s. Mr. Matthews was born in St. Louis. He attended Smith Academy and Princeton University and was a charter member of the St. Louis Country Club. His father, Leonard, who died in 1931 at the age of 102, was an original trustee of Shaw’s Garden.
The Claude L. Matthews valor award for electrical industry workers was established by Mr. Matthews in 1936. The award was established to honor courage and devotion to duty by employees of electrical companies.
Surviving are his wife, Deane; two daughters,
Miss Jane S. Matthews, London, England, and Mrs. John R. McGinley of New
Canaan, Conn.; a son, Rives S. Matthews, Scottsdale, Ariz., and a stepson,
H. Wayne Crawford, Manchester.