March 26, 2008 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - We are extremely saddened to hear about the death of John Herlitz, former Senior Vice President – Design.

During his 35-year career at Chrysler, John made a significant impact on Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep® and Plymouth vehicle design. He had a heartfelt passion for the automotive industry and he will be greatly missed. The Design team and all of Chrysler send his family our deepest sympathy.

Background
John Herlitz began his career at Chrysler Corporation in 1965 after graduating from Pratt Institute as a Manager of the Plymouth Intermediate Car Studio, retiring in 2000 as Senior Vice President – Design.

His work included the redesign of the legendary 1970 Plymouth Barracuda, 1971 Plymouth Road Runner, numerous concept cars, and he helped to create the Walter P. Chrysler Museum.