Aaron Locker, Toy Industry Advocate, Dies at 86

18 November 2013

The U.S. Toy Industry Association (TIA) and its members join in mourning the passing of Aaron Locker, a trusted advisor to members of the U.S. toy industry and a pioneer in toy safety standardization. Mr. Locker died on 15 November at the age of 86.

Over the course of four decades, Aaron Locker was the “heart and soul” of Toy Manufacturers of America (now TIA), serving as TMA’s general counsel and the ‘institutional memory’ of its Board of Directors. His name quickly became synonymous with product safety, as he articulately advocated on behalf of toy safety and standards. He was instrumental in the development of the first U.S. toy safety standards approved in the mid-1970s and many of the subsequent toy safety requirement updates. His leadership helped to position the U.S. at the forefront of toy industry and toy safety efforts worldwide.

He was long involved in the work of the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI) and the development of the toy industry's code of conduct for ethical manufacturing and workplace safety, implemented under its ICTI CARE program.

In 1993, Mr. Locker was honored for his achievements when he was inducted into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame.

In addition to his work on behalf of the toy industry, Mr. Locker served in the Armed Forces in World War II, graduated from CCNY and NYU Law School, and was director of several global companies. As a highly respected pioneer in consumer product safety legislation, Mr. Locker was also a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, chairing their committee on product safety, and advocated on behalf of the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, as well as several other trade organizations and their members.

Mr. Locker is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Renee, sons Frederick (Lori), Jeffrey, Keith (Stacey), four grandchildren (Alexandra, Sydney, Daniel and Samantha) and sister, Elinore Lambert. A private service will be held for him in Florida; a memorial in New York will take place at a later date.

Members of the toy industry and other individuals who would like to share their condolences with the Locker family are invited to leave a message in the online Guest Book at Legacy.com. Donations in Mr. Locker’s memory may be made to the Toy Industry Foundation and Hospice of Palm Beach County.

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