Conrad Jobst was an enterprising young mechanical engineer who left Germany for a career in the United States, where he moved to Toledo in 1913. Here, he became chief engineer for the Toledo Tap and Dye Corporation.
Mr. Jobst was a brilliant man who possessed a keen intellect and inquisitive nature. Over the course of his career, he patented more than 40 items, including:
- The automobile sunroof.
- The first automatic brush-making machine, which was the foundation for the Automatic Brush Machine Company, where Mr. Jobst would serve as chief engineer and vice president.
- Gun sights for aerial combat and threading tools for automotive equipment during both WWI and WWII.
The first elastic stocking pressure garment was the result of Mr. Jobst’s chronic discomfort from lower extremity venous insufficiency. Realizing that the hydrostatic pressure of a swimming pool eased his symptoms, he sought to replicate that effect in a therapeutic garment. The stockings improved his condition dramatically. He began mass production of the stockings soon after so others could benefit from the design.
This invention would go on to help thousands worldwide.
Mr. Jobst died in 1957. His wife, Caroline, assumed the presidency of the company for the next 27 years. Inspired by her late husband’s legacy, she went on to grow the company into a multinational organization with offices in 33 cities around the world — and the largest manufacturer of surgical stockings, pumps, and supports in the world.
An endowment fund for creation of the Jobst Vascular Institute at ProMedica Toledo Hospital, the Conrad Jobst Vascular Research Laboratories of the University of Michigan, and education and research programs such as the Conrad Jobst Annual Lecture was established by Mrs. Jobst in 1986. She sought to honor her husband’s memory by supporting world-class vascular disease treatment through the many services now offered by the Jobst Vascular Institute.
Mrs. Jobst died in 1993. Thanks to her efforts and philanthropic support, the Jobst Vascular Institute continues to strive for outstanding vascular care and cutting-edge vascular research.
Our daily commitment to these goals is our way of paying tribute to the inspiring legacies of Conrad and Caroline Jobst.