By  on July 5, 2007

NEW YORK — Harry Bulova Henshel, former chairman and chief executive officer of Bulova Corp., died Friday at 88.

A statement issued by the company said Henshel died in his home in Scarsdale, N.Y., following a long illness.

Henshel was the grandson of Joseph Bulova, who founded the company here in 1875. Bulova is now a subsidiary of Loews Corp., which bought the firm in 1979.

Henshel graduated from Brown University in 1940 and subsequently received a master's degree from the Harvard School of Business in 1951. He served in World War II as a captain and soon after joined the family business, serving in a variety of roles during his tenure at the firm, including as a traveling salesman. In 1958, he succeeded his uncle, Ardé Bulova, as president, after his death. He added chairman to his title in 1974, following Gen. Omar Bradley.

Under Henshel's leadership, Bulova introduced the first fully electronic watch, Accutron.

Henshel had an interest in sports, serving as a member of the U.S. Olympic Basketball Committee for 25 years and as a track official at events such as the Millrose Games. He also owned, raced and bred thoroughbreds in New York and Florida.

He was affiliated or on the board of many organizations, including the UJA-Federation of New York, the F.E.G.S. Health and Human Services System, Parsons School of Design of the New School University, Adelphi University and UNICEF. He also helped found the Joseph Bulova School of Watchmaking in 1945, which trained disabled veterans, guaranteeing them jobs in the jewelry industry.

Henshel is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Joy Altman; four daughters, and four grandchildren.

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