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Al Reser, CEO and chairman of Reser’s Fine Foods, dies at 74.

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Al Reser, CEO and chairman of Reser’s Fine Foods, died Monday night at the age of 74 while vacationing in Florida.

Reser leaves behind years of both business and philanthropic contributions, supporting everything from alma mater Oregon State University to Special Olympics Oregon. The company he founded and ran, Reser’s Fine Foods, employs more than 2,000 people.

Reser’s contributions transformed Oregon State University, whose football stadium bears his name and where buildings continue to rise with his millions of dollars in donations…

“Al touched the lives of anyone he met — and thousands more through his support,” Gov. Ted Kulongoski said in a statement on Tuesday. “Al Reser was a man of great generosity, kindness and compassion.”

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