ATLANTA–Paul Angelo LoGiudice, a long-time veteran of Calphalon, a division of Newell Rubbermaid, passed away on Sept. 20. He was 52.
He had served as a director of product design. His last role with Calphalon was director of culinary purpose, where he was an ambassador of the brand, playing a vital role in assuring product designs were culinary authentic and brand right, the company said. He supported the marketing, R&D and sales organizations with his broad knowledge of culinary trends.
Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, LoGuidice spent almost 30 years in the kitchen housewares industry. He started his career in retail, working as a manager for a gourmet specialty shop, then became a housewares sales representative. In 1987, LoGiudice began working for the Commercial Aluminum Cookware Company, known today as Calphalon.
LoGuidice’s influence over product design led to many inventions and 27 patents, including the Cool-V handle, a stainless steel cookware handle designed to stay cool on the stovetop. His designs influenced every category, including cookware, bakeware, utensils and gadgets and kitchen electrics, the company said.
He also developed strong relationships with the retail community, including designing the shop-within-a-shop concept for fine department and specialty stores.
LoGuidice was also a pioneer and chairman of the Newell Rubbermaid employee resource group OPEN (Out and Proud for Equality at Newell-Rubbermaid). As a result, there has been a fund established in his name for Youth Pride, Inc., an organization which provides critical services to create a safe haven for LGBTQQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning) youth. Another one of his many passions was gardening, and plans are in place to create a memorial in his honor at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
He is survived by his father Joseph Logiudice; three sisters and four brothers and four nephews and 11 nieces. People interested in making a donation to the Atlanta Botanical Garden memorial can mail a check to the attention of: Newell-Rubbermaid – Calphalon, Attn: Christine Scott, 3 Glen Lake Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30328. Make the check payable to: Atlanta Botanical Garden, with “Paul Angelo LoGuidice Endowment,” in the memo/for section.