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Howard M. Dean of Dean Foods dies

Howard Dean's grandfather founded Dean Foods. (March 28, 2012)

Howard Dean's grandfather founded Dean Foods. (March 28, 2012)

Howard M. Dean helped build Dean Foods Co., founded by his grandfather in 1925, into the nation’s second-largest dairy before it merged with its larger rival in 2001.

Mr. Dean retired as chairman of the company in 2002, the year after it merged with Dallas-based Suiza Foods Corp. The combined companies retained the Dean Foods name.

Mr. Dean, 74, died Sunday, March 25, in his Hinsdale home of complications following a heart attack, according to his daughter Ashley Killpack. He lived in Hinsdale his entire life.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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