Justin Whitlock Dart

Justin Whitlock Dart

Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 26 Jan 1984 (aged 76)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Greenfield, Monterey County, California, USA
Memorial ID 149321131 · View Source
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Considered the "boy wonder" of the drug store industry. In college Dart had played football for Northwestern University.

After marrying Ruth Walgreen, Dart became an executive with his father-in-law's (Charles Walgreen) company, the Walgreens Drugstore chain. At Walgreens, he introduced the concept of placing the pharmacy counter at the back of the drug store, which not only provided privacy for medical concerns, but forced patrons to walk past many items for possible purchase.

Dart divorced his first wife, Ruth Walgreen, and left the Walgreen company shortly after. In 1943, Dart took control of the Boston-based United Drug Company. The chain operated under the Ligget, Owl, Sonta, and Rexall brands. Soon, Dart rebranded the stores under the Rexall name.

After 35 years, Dart sold his stake in Rexall in 1978. During these years, Dart had acquired stakes in Avon, West Bend Housewares, Duracell, Ralph Wilson Plastics, Archer Glass and Hobart, which were collectively known as Dart Industries.

Although Dart Industries never owned Avon, it was the former parent company to Tupperware Home Parties. Dart Industries eventually merged with Kraft Foods.

Dart and his second wife, actress Jane Bryan (1918–2009), were married on New Year's Eve in 1939, and remained married until his death in 1984. The couple had three children.

Dart and Bryan were staunch Republicans and helped convince their close personal friend, former California Governor Ronald Reagan, to run for the presidency of the United States in 1980.

His son by his first marriage, Justin Whitlock Dart, Jr. was an advocate for the disabled. In 1989, Dart, Jr. was appointed by President George H. W. Bush to the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. Dart, Jr. also helped pass the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; he died in 2002 of complications related to polio.

Dart died of Congestive Heart Failure.
Dart received the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously in 1987.

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