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Oak Tree Racing Pres. Hirsch Dies

March 24, 2000

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Clement L. Hirsch, president and a founding director of the Oak Tree Racing Association, has died after a long bout with cancer.

Hirsch, also the founder of pet foods giant Kal Kan Foods Inc., died Thursday night at his home in Newport Beach, Calif. He was 85.

Hirsch, who purchased his first thoroughbred in 1947, was involved in racing for more than 50 years as an owner, breeder and track executive.

The Oak Tree Racing Association stages a meeting at Santa Anita each fall, with proceeds going to thoroughbred enterprises related to research, development, care and breeding.

Hirsch, who sold Kal Kan Foods to Mars Company in 1968, was chairman of the board of Stagg Foods Inc., and affiliated companies. Stagg Foods specializes in grocery products.

His oldest son, Clement Hirsch Jr., is president of Stagg Foods, and another son, Gregory, is vice president.

Born April 26, 1914 in St. Louis, Mo., Hirsch is survived by his wife, Lynn, and nine children.

A memorial service is planned Thursday at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach.

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