Arkansas businessman, owner/breeder, and philanthropist Gus “Buddy” Blass died Sunday at the age of 92 after a bout of pneumonia, according to The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Blass raced horses with his wife Patricia for some five decades, and won the 1973 Travers with Annihilate 'Em. They also bred stakes winner Pink Shoes.
Blass was an Arkansas native who served in World War II before beginning his career. After carrying on the family department store business, he launched Capital Savings and Loan and Capital Properties, which was worth around $100 million in assets when it was sold to first South Savings and Loan. Blass was a long-time supporter of the local chapters of the Red Cross and the Boy Scouts, and was on the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville board of trustees for ten years.
Blass is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.
Read more at The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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