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ClubCorp Founder Dies At 76

August 20, 2002

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DALLAS (AP) _ Dallas philanthropist and business leader Robert H. Dedman Sr. died Tuesday in his home, apparently of a heart attack. He was 76.

The official cause of death has not been determined, but Dedman was in poor health, Dallas police said.

Dedman, the founder and chairman of ClubCorp International Inc., made Forbes’ list of America’s 400 wealthiest individuals with a net worth of $1.2 billion. ClubCorp, founded in 1957, owns or operates more than 210 golf courses, country clubs, private business clubs and resorts worldwide.

Dedman and his wife, Nancy, and their children have given more than $77 million to Southern Methodist University, where two schools bear the Dedman name.

He also served two terms as a member and chairman of the Texas State Highway and Public Transportation Commission.

Dedman’s previous honors include Texas Entrepreneur of the Year in 1976, Dallas Humanitarian of the Year in 1980, Texas Business Hall of Fame in 1987 and Horatio Alger Award in 1989.

He was a strong advocate for education and had earned four degrees in economics, engineering and two in law. During a speech in 2000 promoting his book, ``King of Clubs,″ Dedman said success depends on a person’s attitude.

``You have to have the right attitude,″ he said. ``We must enjoy life and get all that we can out of it because it may be the only chance we get.″

In addition to his wife, Dedman is survived by a daughter, Patricia Dedman Dietz; a son, Robert H. Dedman Jr.; and five grandchildren.

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