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David P. Reynolds

David Parham Reynolds (June 16, 1915 – August 29, 2011)[1] was chairman emeritus of Reynolds Metals Co. and an owner/breeder of Thoroughbred racehorses. He was the son of Richard S. Reynolds, Sr. (1881–1955) who founded Reynolds Metals in Louisville, Kentucky.

David Parham Reynolds
BornJune 16, 1915 (1915-06-16)
DiedAugust 29, 2011 (2011-08-30) (aged 96)
Resting placeHollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia
ResidenceRichmond, Virginia
EducationLawrenceville School, Princeton University
OccupationChairman & CEO, Reynolds Metal, Eskimo Pie Company
racehorse owner & breeder, environmentalist
Known forReynolds Wrap
Board member ofReynolds Metal Co., Robertshaw Controls Co., Commercial Solvents Corp., National Alliance of Businessmen
Spouse(s)Margaret Trezevant Harrison (1921-1992)
ChildrenMargaret Allis, Julia Parham, Dorothy Harrison
Parent(s)Richard S. Reynolds, Sr. & Julia Louise Parham
AwardsKeep America Beautiful Lifetime Achievement Award, College of William and Mary Business Medallion, Science Museum of Virginia's Life Achievement Award

Born in Bristol, Tennessee, Reynolds received his high school education at Lawrenceville School, where he captained the prep school's football team. He went on to graduate from Princeton University and would join the family business where he worked for more than fifty years. He followed his brother Richard S. Reynolds, Jr. as president, becoming the last member of his family to head the Richmond, Virginia-based company. In 1986, at age seventy, he stepped down as president but remained chairman of the board of directors.

In 1963, David Reynolds launched the Reynolds Company's production of the country's first all-aluminum beer cans. Because of the light-weight material, compared to the previous steel cans, this innovation became a great success for the company and has dominated the market ever since.[2]

Thoroughbred horse racingEdit

Reynolds became interested in Thoroughbred horse racing and notably owned and bred sprint horse Lord Carson, a multiple stakes race winner who equaled the track record for 6 furlongs at both Churchill Downs and Turfway Park. However, his most famous horse was Tabasco Cat, owned and bred in partnership with Overbrook Farm. In 1994, the colt won two of the three U.S. Triple Crown races, capturing the Preakness and Belmont Stakes.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dash, Eric (September 1, 2011). "David Reynolds, Leader of Metals Company, Dies at 96". The New York Times. Retrieved September 1, 2011.
  2. ^ Ong Yan, Grace (2012). "Wrapping Aluminum at the Reynolds Metals Company". Design and Culture. 4 (3): 299–323.