Genevieve "Vieve" Gore, 91, the co-founder of the company that invented the Gore-Tex fabric used for waterproofing clothing, died Thursday in Newark, Del., after a brief illness, W.L. Gore and Associates said.
Gore founded the closely held company in 1958 with her husband, Wilbert "Bill" Gore, a former Du Pont Co. executive. The firm made its first product, insulated computer cable, in the basement of the Gores' Newark home. In 1969, W.L. Gore's temperature-resistant cable was used on the first moon landing, connecting seismic equipment with the spacecraft. Waterproof fabric made by Gore-Tex was first used in clothing in 1976.