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Robert Stempel dies at 77; former CEO of GM
Robert Stempel dies at 77; former CEO of GM

Former General Motors Co. Chief Executive Robert Stempel, an engineer who led the development of the catalytic converter but was ousted in a boardroom coup, died Saturday in Florida. He was 77. The cause of death was unclear, but family friends in Detroit said he had been hospitalized recently in West Palm Beach, Fla., near a home the family owned there. During his three decades at the company, Stempel helped to develop many of the fuel-efficient and pollution-control technologies still in use today, including front-wheel-drive cars, the catalytic converter and battery-powered cars. But Stempel's accomplishments as an engineer were overshadowed by his short tenure at the top of the...

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