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business executive

Justin Whitlock Dart, Sr. was an American businessman, considered the "boy wonder" of the drug store industry.


He was born on August 17, 1907. After marrying Ruth Walgreen, Dart became an executive with his father-in-law's (Charles Walgreen) company, the Walgreens Drugstore chain.


Children: Guy Michael, Jane Campbell, Stephen. Bachelor of Arts, Northwestern University, 1929.


In college Dart had played football for Northwestern University. 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. 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.

Not long afterwards, he said "I would like my retirement and death to be simultaneous." 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. In 1980, Dart sold his company to Kraft 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 died from congestive heart failure in 1984, aged 76. The couple had three children.

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 received the posthumously in 1987.


Quotations: "I would like my retirement and death to be simultaneous.".


Clubs: Bohemian (San Francisco).


Married Ruth Walgreen, October 9, 1929 (divorced 1939).; married Jane O’Brien, December 31, 1939. Children: Justin Whitlock, Peter Walgreen.

Guy Justin Dart

Laura (Whitlock) Dart

Jane O’Brien

Ruth Walgreen

Justin Whitlock Dart

Peter Walgreen Dart