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Sun World founder Howard P. Marguleas dies at 82
Howard Philip Marguleas died June 1 in Rancho Mirage, CA, following complications from cancer. He was 82.
Born Dec. 5, 1934, in San Francisco, to Joseph and Belle Marguleas, Mr. Marguleas and his wife Ardith resided in Rancho Mirage, CA, where they lived off and on since 1958.Howard-Marguleas
A leader in the U.S. produce industry and the principal founder of Sun World International, Mr. Marguleas delighted in bringing many new fruits and vegetables to American consumers, beginning in the 1960s with the first Hawaiian pineapples sold on the mainland, then branded fruit and nuts under the Sun Giant brand, and Red Flame Seedless grapes vine-ripened tomatoes, colored sweet peppers, seedless watermelon, and assorted new grapes and plums under the Sun World brand, as well as his coveted California-grown mangos.
Mr. Marguleas attended Lowell High School in San Francisco and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in agricultural economics from the University of California-Berkeley. Earlier in his career, along with his father Joseph and partner Frank Heggblade, he worked for produce marketing company Heggblade-Marguleas Co., which they sold to Tenneco Inc. in 1970. He subsequently served as president and chief executive officer of Heggblade-Marguleas-Tenneco in Bakersfield, CA, which held the oil conglomerate’s extensive California agriculture and real estate holdings.
In the mid-1970s, Mr. Marguleas founded Sun World International, which he sold 20 years later after growing it into one of the most innovative and largest privately held produce companies in the country.
In addition to his wide-ranging agribusiness interests, Mr. Marguleas was an investor in The Irvine Company, the Orange County, CA-based real estate giant, and in several Southern California golf course developments.
Mr. Marguleas was long recognized as a dynamic leader and innovator in American agribusiness circles. He was appointed and served under California Govs. Edmund G. (Pat) Brown and Ronald Reagan as a member of the California State Board of Agriculture. He was recognized with the Distinguished California Agriculturalist Award in 1990, granted the esteemed Mentor’s Award by the California Fresh Fruit Association and named the Riverside County Farm Bureau’s Man of the Year in 1999.
Mr. Marguleas was a longstanding philanthropist and champion for health care, education and community organizations serving on countless boards of directors and trustees. He also chaired the board of the California State Chamber of Commerce and served on various corporate boards including The Irvine Co., Sun World International (chairman), Ready Pac Foods, Summit Health and Blue Shield of California. Marguleas was also a member of the Young Presidents Organization and Chief Executives Organization.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Ardit; four children, David (Robin) of Palm Desert, CA, Dianna (Youval) of Berkeley, CA, Anthony (Sue) of Pacific Palisades, CA, and Brian (Lisa) of Honolulu, HI, as well as nine grandchildren. He is also survived by sisters Thelma Colvin of San Mateo, CA, Betty Newman of San Francisco, and by many cousins, nephews and nieces.
Memorial contributions may be made to Eisenhower Medical Center, City of Hope or American Cancer Society.
Funeral services were to be held in San Francisco June 5 at 2:00 pm at Sinai Memorial Chapel (1501 Divisadero Street, San Francisco) followed by interment at Salem Memorial Park (1171 El Camino Real, Colma, CA 94014). A Celebration of Life will also be held in the Coachella Valley on Sunday, June 11 at 1:00 pm at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at the Eisenhower Medical Center (39000 Bob Hope Drive in Rancho Mirage, California).

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