We would like to offer our sincere support to anyone coping with grief. Enter
your email below for our complimentary daily grief messages. Messages run for up to one year and you
can stop at any time. Your email will not be used for any other purpose.
Dr. Henry D. Cross III
December 23, 1930 ~ August 9, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old
Be the first to offer your condolences on Dr. Henry's Tribute Wall
Read more about the life story of Dr. Henry and share your memory.
Dr. Henry D. Cross III of Murrells Inlet, 92, passed on August 9th, 2023. He was the son of Henry D. And Henrietta Lane Cross and was raised in Gideon Daly Farm in Holmdel, N.J. He later moved to Colt’s Neck, N.J., where he raised his family. Dr. Cross and his wife of over 65 years, Barbara, retired to S.C. where he resided in Mt. Gilead for over 30 years.
Dr. Cross earned high achievements both academically and in his professional
Career. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Holy Cross College,
Georgetown University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Harvard Business School
and California Coast University, eventually attaining his PhD as a physical chemist. In 2014 he received an honorary degree from the Citadel in Charleston, S.C.
Dr. Cross worked for Colgate- Palmolive for 36 years becoming the Technical
Director of New Products. He was key in developing many brands including Fab,
Cold Power, Palmolive Dish Detergent and Irish Spring. He also worked with
athletic equipment including Football Helmets and Etonic footwear. Dr. Cross was involved with sports equipment as the President of the Hockey Equipment
Certification Council And the task groups for standards for football helmets and
mouth guards. After retiring from Colgate, Dr. Cross worked as a consultant in the development of drug-free performance enhancing mouth pieces. He worked
closely with the staff of the Citadel, which he thoroughly loved, and assisted in
developing their human performance
The greatest passion for Dr. Cross was rifle shooting, target and clay, among
others. He won numerous titles, trophies and awards and had an extensive gun
collection. He was Distinguished Marksman and President’s Hundred for the U.S.
Army and in retirement last won the South Carolina Senior Championship. He was a lifetime member of the U.S. Olympic Shooting team. He was the Chairman of the Olympic shooting team and a member of Sports and Equipment Technology for the U. S. Olympic team.
Dr. Cross, often along with his wife Barbara, traveled the world extensively for work, shooting and pleasure. Dr. Cross is survived by his daughters, Mary Brennan and Malinda Cross, and son Rod Cross as well as 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.