Steve Smith On Feb 11 2013 - 1:00am

Don Patrican, Longtime Maxell Exec, Dies At 69


FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. — Don Patrican, 69, a longtime Maxell Corporation of America executive and a 30-year member of the recording media business, died on Sunday, Feb. 3, after a long illness.

Patrican, who was 6 feet, 7 inches, and a native of Gloucester, Mass., first got noticed as the all-time career scoring record for the Gloucester High School basketball team, a record he still holds, averaging 36 points per game and achieving high school All-American status in 1961, according to the family’s official obituary. Later he played for the University of Miami, graduating in 1967.

Patrican began his recording media industry career with Memorex in 1971 and then joined start-up Karex, which sold broadcast-grade video tape. He rejoined the consumer products business in 1977 when he joined Maxell to launch its consumer video tape business, eventually heading all sales and marketing for consumer blank tape.

In 1986 he joined Polaroid, where he spent almost a dozen years in senior marketing positions in the consumer, professional and imaging markets.

Patrican rejoined Maxell in 1997 as sales and marketing senior VP and was a member of the board of Maxell Corp. of America.

Patrican was active in trade organizations throughout his career and has been a frequent speaker at industry events. He was a member of the Consumer Electronics Association’s Board of Industry Leaders, as well as serving on the boards of the International Mass Retailers Association and the International Recording Media Association.

Patrican was also honored over the years by the American Jewish Committee, the ADL’s national electronics and appliance industries division.

He is survived by his wife Jeanne, son Julian, and brother David.

The family is requesting that donations in memory of Don Patrican go to: Infant Jesus of Prague Catholic Church, P.O. Box 82, Tollhouse, CA 93667.

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