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Cube Farm Pioneer Passes

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Father of the early cubicle dies at 85

Glenn M. Walters, a former Herman Miller Inc. executive who was key in the production and marketing of office workspaces that became commonly known as cubicles, has died. He was 85.

That’s right, the man who turned humans into hamsters has passed away.

Walters joined Zeeland-based Herman Miller in 1955 as a field salesman. In 1967, he led a task force that finished development and handled marketing for the Action Office system, which was introduced in 1968.

The system, with its movable walls, was a departure from the typical fixed office desks of the time and helped make cubicles commonplace.

Later in 1968, the first covert workplace operations were conducted in the field of crop dusting.

Written by Kyle

April 21st, 2010 at 2:19 pm

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