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Clifford Stanton Heinz


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Clifford Stanton Heinz Obituary
August 4, 1919 - September 22, 2015 Clifford Stanton Heinz, grandson of H.J. Heinz, founder of the internationally recognized food company and contributing force behind the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, passed away on September 22, 2015; aged 96. Clifford Heinz was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 4, 1919. He believed and adhered to the principles of a life lived with honesty, generosity, compassion and unerring hard work. He was also known for his keen wit and often ironic sense of humor which he maintained until the end. Heinz was considered a magnanimous and benevolent philanthropist, having once written: "I inherited from my grandfather, a consuming 'proprietorship ethic'," to coin a phrase. As an entrepreneur he started a wide range of companies and was always confident about his ability to manage anything. Heinz's two favorite mottos were "It can be done" and "Not if, but how". He was known for sealing his deals with an old fashioned handshake which represented the veracity of a signed contract. He believed a good education was the greatest gift one could give a person, thus he established the Heinz Ethics Program at Polytechnic School in Pasadena, California; the Clifford S. Heinz Ethical Education Endowment at the Webb School in Claremont; and a Chair for the Economics and Public Policy of Peace at the University of California, Irvine. He is survived by his beloved Barbro; son Robert and wife Elizabeth; Caroline and husband Amre; Lisa and husband Richard; and Jeanette. His eight grandchildren are committed to carrying Clifford Heinz's legacy through the next generation and beyond. A memorial service will be held on November 15th, at Big Canyon Country Club, Newport Beach, California.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 8, 2015
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