Bob Meistrell | Body Glove founder, 84

Posted: June 18, 2013

Bob Meistrell, 84, who cofounded the Body Glove clothing company and helped develop the first neoprene wetsuit, has died in Southern California.

Body Glove International president Russ Lesser told the Torrance Daily Breeze that Mr. Meistrell suffered a heart attack on his boat Sunday while returning from Catalina Island.

In the 1950,s Mr. Meistrell and his identical twin, Bill, developed a wetsuit with the insulating material used in the back of refrigerators. The streamlined suit fit like a glove and eventually was marketed under the name Body Glove. Bill Meistrell died in 2006. The company celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. - AP

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