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Manufacturing executive , Racetrack executive

Richard Louis Duchossois, American manufacturing and racetrack executive. Decorated Purple Heart, Bronze Star; named to Culver Academies Horsemanship Hall of Fame, 2004. Served with United States Army, 1942-1946, European Theatre of Operations. Member Chief Executives Organization, Economic Club, Executives Club (board directors), Jockey Club New York City.

Background

Duchossois, Richard Louis was born on October 7, 1921 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Alphonse Christopher and Erna (Hessler) Duchossois.

Education

Duchossois graduated from Morgan Park Military Academy and attended Washington and Lee University before starting active military service during World War II.

Career

Richard Duchossois joined Thrall Car Manufacturing Company after World War II and became CEO in 1952. In 1980, the firm purchased Chamberlain Manufacturing Corp., with Duchossois becoming its Chairman. In 1983, as Chairman of renamed Duchossois Industries (DII), he purchased Arlington Park Race Track.

In 2000, Arlington Park merged with Churchill Downs Incorporated, where DII has several seats on the Board of Directors. He also owned Des Moines TV Station KDSM-TV (formerly KCBR-TV) from 1983 to 1991. He serves as a director of TCMC, Inc., the Emirates World Series of Racing, and the Thoroughbred Racing Association.

Achievements

  • He received a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars for his military service in World War II. His awards include the 1986 American Jockey Club's Gold Medal, the 1988 Special Sovereign Award from the Jockey Club of Canada, and Lord Derby Award from the Horserace Writers and Reporters Association of Great Britain, the Joe Palmer Award for Meritorious Service to Racing from the National Turf Writers Association, the 2003 Eclipse Award of Merit, and selection to the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. He received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Washington and Lee. In 2015, Washington and Lee University honored him with the Washington Award. With his wife Judi in 2014, they received the Sword of Loyola award from Loyola University Chicago for their philanthropy.

Religion

The life with Christ is not only to live in the atmosphere of your local church. God made his children creative, productive, and therefore able to make the whole world a better place.

Politics

Social norms that assume different standards for women than for men in marriage are outdated and should be rejected. Laws in civil society should define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Views

The distinctive feature of the Methodist Church is that lay people are involved in decision making.

Membership

Served with United States Army, 1942-1946, European Theatre of Operations. Member Chief Executives Organization, Economic Club, Executives Club (board directors), Jockey Club New York City.

Connections

Son of Alphonse Christopher and Erna (Hessler) D. Widower; children: Craig J., Dayle, R. Bruce, Kimberly.

father:
Alphonse Christopher Duchossois

mother:
Erna (Hessler) Duchossois

child:
Craig J. Duchossois

child:
Dayle Duchossois

child:
R. Bruce Duchossois

child:
Kimberly Duchossois