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Twelve to fifteen cigars a day were his ration. The point was that he died at the early age of ninety-one. Another important employee benefit was introduced in that year, the Blue Cross-Blue Shield plan for the coverage of hospital and medical expenses of all employees. This kind of medical insurance plan is well known today, but in 1938 there were very few sponsored and paid for by employers. Then, and now, GR pays all of the cost for the employee and one-half for the employee's family if the employee elects to have family coverage.
He also led the planning for and supervised the construction of the several buildings constructed on the Cambridge site. Locke was a big, outgoing, friendly man, deeply concerned about the welfare of the Company's employees and, in turn, had their affection and respect. He was a leader in many employee activities and organized, among many other things, the GR Credit Union in 1930 and took the primary responsibility for many of the activities of the Genradco Trust when it was established in 1934.
These thirteen were the entire technical staff. As the Company grew and its customers multiplied, more engineers transferred into or were employed for the sales function, and by 1934, in order better to reach its greatest concentration of customers, the Company opened its first district sales engineering office in New York, with Myron T. Smith (M. I. T. '30) in charge. This was so successful that a second was opened in Los Angeles in 1937 and a third in Chicago a few years after that. " The idea of the fund was to provide help for those who, because of serious illness or other personal catastrophies, were in financial difficulties.