Courtesy of Find a Grave

569: Gertrude Tenderich

Bought the Tampon Patent and the Founded Tampax in 1933

Born: 10 October 1890, Germany

Died: 11 May 1957, Denver, Colorado, United States of America

Full Name: Gertrude Schulte Tenderich Sears

Gertrude became president for the brand as well.

She hired women to manufacture the tampons and two salesmen to help her market them to drugstores in Wyoming and Colorado.

Gertrude also worked with and encouraged nurses to give lectures on the benefits of using tampons.

The company was eventually sold to Johnson and Johnson in 1941.

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A Fun Update...(June 2021):

In late June of 2021, my mother and I took a road trip around some of the closer states to where we live. Along that journey, we were able to stop at the Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, where Gertrude and several members of her family are laid to rest for all eternity, and I was able to snap these photos while we were there.

Gertrude's headstone
The Family Marker