Ford B. Cauffiel was still in grade school when he helped fix an engine for a next door neighbor.

The man, a high school teacher, was so impressed that he insisted young Ford set his sights on becoming an engineer, arranging tutoring with another student so the young Ford could pass algebra and then geometry and trigonometry.

When he graduated in 1948 from the old Libbey High School, Mr. Cauffiel, 85, remembers he was ‘the highest in mathematics’ but didn’t do so great in English.

The difference, the successful businessman is convinced, was that early tutoring from a fellow student.