Wilbur Darby Curtis, the inventor of the glass coffeepot and a briefly marketed fiberglass car named the Shamrock, has died of a heart attack. He was 82.
Curtis held 16 patents for tea and coffee brewing and dispensing machines, his son-in-law, A. James Liska, said Sunday.
He was working on a patent for a portable coffee brewing device at the time he died, Liska said. Curtis suffered a stroke in August at his home in Calabasas, and died of a heart attack Saturday at Maxicare Medical Center in Culver City, the son-in-law said.
A native of Nutley, N.J., Curtis became a stockbroker shortly after leaving high school and lost his first million in the 1929 stock market crash. He earned and lost several fortunes during his lifetime, his son-in-law said.
After the market crashed, Liska said, Curtis went to work for Silex Co., which later became Proctor-Silex. He moved to California for the company as a salesman.