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Milestones: Mar. 18, 1985

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DIED. Robert W. Woodruff, 95, former president and chairman of Coca-Cola, whose active association with the company spanned six decades until his retirement from the board last year, and whose leadership built a debt-ridden, one-product soda-fountain business into a giant multinational, making Coke a favorite in all but a few countries and merely one of the company’s 250 products, which included flavor essences, citrus drinks and coffee; in Atlanta. Woodruff was also a prodigious philanthropist who gave away an estimated $350 million, much of it anonymously, to medicine, the arts and education.

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