December 17, 2014
Oscar G. Mayer, retired chairman of the
Wisconsin-based meat processing company that bears his name, has
died at the age of 95.
Mayer's wife, Geraldine, said he died of old age Monday age at
Hospice Care in Fitchburg.
He was the third Oscar Mayer in the family that founded Oscar
Mayer Foods, which was once the largest private employer in
Madison. His grandfather, Oscar F. Mayer, died in 1955 and his
father, Oscar G. Mayer Sr., died in 1965.
Mayer retired as chairman of the board in 1977 at age 62 soon
after the company recorded its first $1 billion year. The company
was later sold to General Foods, now a division of Philip Morris.
Mayer's first wife, Rosalie, died in 1998. He married Geraldine
Fitzpatrick in 1999.
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