One of the duet of original founders of Vermont Castings and the creator of the Defiant and other famous Vermont Castings Models.
An older Inc. Magazine article details some of his quest for perfection
Unfortunately, the story did not end well due to some poor decisions including the purchasing of rival stove seller Consolidated Dutchwest
“Murray Howell died tragically in 1983, and in the early 1990s Duncan Syme was forced out of the company he founded.”
He left with with virtually nothing, as the story goes.....
(if you know more, let us know).