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A. Alfred Taubman (2015 - 2015)
The Associated PressBLOOMFIELD HILLS, Michigan (AP) — A. Alfred Taubman, the self-made Michigan billionaire whose philanthropy and business success — including weaving the enclosed shopping mall into American culture — was clouded by a criminal conviction late in his career, has died. He was 91.Taubman, who donated hundreds of millions of dollars to universities, hospitals and museums, died...
Robert Kirkland, 77 (1938 - 2015)
The Associated PressUNION CITY, Tennessee (AP) — Robert Kirkland, an entrepreneur and philanthropist who built a national chain of home decor stores and donated $100 million to found the Discovery Park of America education center and tourist attraction in northwest Tennessee, has died at age 77.Kirkland's son, Chris, told The Associated Press that his father died Saturday morning from...
Joel Spira, 88 (1927 - 2015)
The Associated PressCOOPERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Joel Spira, who brought the light dimmer switch to households across the nation and transformed his Lutron Electronics Company into a leading manufacturer of lighting controls, died of natural causes on Wednesday. He was 88.The Coopersburg, Pennsylvania-based company, which confirmed the death, said he had been working with company engineers on a new...
Paul Reynolds (2015)
The Associated PressTORONTO (AP) — Canadian financial company Canaccord Genuity said Thursday that its president and chief executive, Paul Reynolds, has died in Hawaii after a medical emergency during a triathlon competition. He was 52.Reynolds led Canaccord Genuity as it was transformed from a Canadian brokerage business to an independent global investment bank.He competed Sunday in the...
Andrew Getty (2015)
By TAMI ABDOLLAH and JOHN ROGERS, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a family name that has long been associated with unimaginable wealth and sometimes unspeakable tragedy. The mysterious death of J. Paul Getty's grandson Andrew Getty is just the latest example of the latter. Andrew Getty, 47, was found dead Tuesday after authorities said his girlfriend called emergency...
Gary Ross Dahl, 78 (1936 - 2015)
The Associated PressJACKSONVILLE, Oregon (AP) — Gary Ross Dahl, the creator of the wildly popular 1970s fad the Pet Rock, has died at age 78 in Oregon.Dahl's wife, Marguerite Dahl, confirmed...
Richard "Dick" Brennan, Sr. (2015)
The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Richard J. "Dick" Brennan Sr., who helped turn Commander's Palace restaurant into a world-famous destination for Creole cuisine and co-founded one of the...
Robert Benmosche, 70 (1944 - 2015)
By MARLEY JAY, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Former AIG President and CEO Robert Benmosche, who led the insurer's turnaround after its $182 billion government bailout, has died of lung cancer...
Donald Keough (2015)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Donald Keough, who helped steer Coca-Cola through the "cola wars" of the 1980s and played a key role in the introduction of New Coke, died Tuesday in Atlanta,...
Yutaka Katayama, 105 (1909 - 2015)
By YURI KAGEYAMA, The Associated PressTOKYO (AP) — Yutaka Katayama, a former president of Nissan Motor Co.'s U.S. unit who built the Z sports car into a powerful global brand in the 1970s, has died...
Michele Ferrero, 89 (1925 - 2015)
By NICOLE WINFIELD, The Associated PressROME (AP) — Michele Ferrero, the world's richest candy maker whose Nutella chocolate and hazlenut spread helped raise generations of Europeans and defined...
Liam E. McGee (2015)
The Associated PressHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The former CEO of The Hartford financial services firm who was credited with guiding the company as it recovered from the recession has died. Liam E....
John C. Whitehead, 92 (1922 - 2015)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — John C. Whitehead, a Wall Street banker who led Goldman, Sachs & Co.'s international expansion in the 1970s and '80s and later was founding chairman of the...
Melvin Gordon (2015)
By CARLA K. JOHNSON, The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Melvin Gordon, who helped turn the enduring popularity of the humble Tootsie Roll into a candy empire, has died. He was 95. The...
Justin Capra , 81 (1933 - 2015)
ALISON MUTLER, The Associated PressBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian inventor who claimed he beat the Americans to make the world's first jetpack and went on to design and build dozens of...
Peter Wallenberg (2015)
By KARL RITTER, The Associated PressSTOCKHOLM (AP) — Peter Wallenberg, the former head of a Swedish financial dynasty sometimes compared to the Rockefellers, has died. He was 88.Wallenberg died...
William E. Boeing, Jr. (2015)
By GENE JOHNSON, The Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — William E. Boeing Jr., a son of aerospace pioneer William Boeing Sr. who championed and remained fascinated by flight throughout his life,...
William Lewis Rudolph (2014)
The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — William Lewis Rudolph, a former Krispy Kreme vice president who helped to build the company, has died. Rudolph's brother, Vernon Rudolph, opened...
Bob Simpson (2014)
The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Bob Simpson, a meteorologist who co-developed the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale which estimates potential property damage, has died.Peg Simpson, his...
Sy Berger (2014)
By BERNARD CONDON, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — The father of the modern baseball trading card who designed the famed Topps versions in the 1950s has died. Sy Berger was 91.His daughter,...
Larry J. Cano (2014)
By JOHN ROGERS, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Larry J. Cano once said it was not his love of food so much as it was the way he was treated in a Mexican restaurant during a visit to his...
Matteo Cassani (2014)
The Associated PressBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The general manager of an Italian-owned electricity company in Romania has died after falling from the company building in Bucharest.Enel confirmed...
Leo Moskovitz (2014)
The Associated PressJERMYN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania banker and philanthropist who said the key to his longevity was having an unlisted phone number has died at age 109.Leo Moskovitz would have...
Samuel Klein, 91 (1923 - 2014)
The Associated PressSAO PAULO (AP) — Samuel Klein, the Polish-born founder of Brazil's largest home-appliance retailer, has died, the company said in a statement. He was 91.Casas Bahia said Klein...
Harold Gary Morse, 77 (1936 - 2014)
The Associated PressTHE VILLAGES, Fla. (AP) — Harold Gary Morse, the developer of one of the world's largest retirement communities and one of the biggest Republican donors in Florida, has died. He...
Nelson Bunker Hunt, 88 (1926 - 2014)
The Associated PressDALLAS (AP) — Nelson Bunker Hunt, a Texas oilman who once tried to corner the silver market with one of his brothers only to see the move end in financial disaster, has died. He...
Comer Cottrell (2014)
The Associated PressPLANO, Texas (AP) — Comer Cottrell, a black hair-care entrepreneur who made millions with a cheap kit that brought the glossy celebrity Jheri curl into the homes of average...
Warren M. Anderson, 92 (1921 - 2014)
CURT ANDERSON, The Associated PressMIAMI (AP) — Warren M. Anderson, who headed Union Carbide Corp. when a chemical leak killed thousands of people in Bhopal, India, in 1984, has died in Florida at...
Isidoro Alvarez (2014)
The Associated PressMADRID (AP) — Isidoro Alvarez, the head of Spain's El Corte Ingles department store chain who turned the company into an international business with an annual turnover of around...
Emilio Botin, 79 (1934 - 2014)
CRISTINA FUENTES-CANTILLANA, The Associated PressMADRID (AP) — Spanish banking magnate Emilio Botin, who built the country's Banco Santander into a global financial giant and was widely seen as the...