Dr. Robert A. Gregg, 94, Woodbridge: $12.8 million

Gregg, the inventor of Spandex and president of the Woodbridge Land Trust, was a renowned chemist. His will endows a chair in chemistry at the University of Michigan, from which he earned his doctorate. In 1942, Gregg joined the research staff of the United States Rubber Co., which later became Uniroyal. In addition to Spandex, he made several rubber-based breakthroughs, including a chemical foaming agent used to absorb shock in many products. He moved to Woodbridge in 1973, and took an active interest in the land trust after his retirement in 1984, helping the town buy undeveloped tracts of land for preservation or to be developed as recreation areas. He was director of the American Chestnut Foundation's Connecticut chapter.
Courtesy of Bill Adamsen
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