Alonzo G. “Al” Decker, Jr. (1908 – 2002) was an engineer who served as the Chairman of the Board of Black & Decker. A graduate of Cornell University in electrical engineering, he is known for developing power tools for use in the home, including the first cordless electric drill, which helped create the do it yourself market.
The son of Alonzo G. Decker, Sr., founder of Black & Decker, grew up in Towson, Maryland and graduated from the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. Throughout his life he was an active philanthropist.
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