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Charles Huggins, See’s Candies’ longtime leader was 87

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Charles N. HugginsWhen Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway acquired South San Francisco-based See’s Candies in 1972, the billionaire investor said it took him only about 15 seconds to determine that Charles N. Huggins was the man to put in charge. Huggins, who worked his way up from the packing department to help develop the company as an iconic California brand as president and CEO until retiring in 2006, died Sunday at his home in Larkspur. He was 87, and had suffered a stroke a week earlier. LA Times has a detailed obit.

Media aside: The Bay Area papers of MediaNews Group post a brief death notice from AP today. Puzzler: The MediaNews papers ran a Marin IJ obit Tuesday, and today even the IJ is posting the AP brief. As for the Chronicle, it ran a Bloomberg News obit yesterday, and today the AP brief.
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