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WAHLERT, Robert C.

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Robert C. Wahlert celebrating his 55th year with the Dubuque Packing Company. Photo courtesy: Jean Stoltz

WAHLERT, Robert C. (St. Louis, MO, Apr. 23, 1913--Dubuque, IA, May 30, 1994). Emeritus president and member of the board of FDL FOODS INC. Wahlert was a nephew of H. W. (Harry) WAHLERT who purchased the DUBUQUE PACKING COMPANY in 1931 and turned it from a regional supplier of meat into an international giant in the packing industry. Robert C. Wahlert became executive vice president of the company in 1955. He remained in that role until 1977 when he became chairman of the executive committee. His son, Robert Henry WAHLERT assumed the roles of chairman and CEO. (1)

Robert C. Wahlert retired from the Dubuque Packing Company in 1977 and was succeeded as chairman of the board by his son. Wahlert joined FDL FOODS INC. when the packing company was closed. (2)

Wahlert was honored in October 1971 by the Salvation Army with their first "Others" award for his meritorious and outstanding humanitarian service in the community. (3) In December 1987, the Eastern Iowa Chapter of the National Society for Fund-raising Executives named him “philanthropist of the year.” (4) In 1990 he was inducted into the Dubuque Business Hall of Fame and two years later was named "outstanding individual philanthropist by the Eastern Iowa Chapter of the National Society for Fund-Raising Executives. (5)

Wahlert was active in the work of CLARKE COLLEGE and served as one of its first trustees. In 1986 he served with Carol Conlon Klauer as national co-chairs of Clarke's "Vision for Tomorrow," the college's five-year, $23 million capital campaign. (6) He helped implement the TRI-COLLEGE COOPERATIVE EFFORT and was a chief supporter of WAHLERT CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL. Active in fund-raising efforts for the United Way, Wahlert also supported the DUBUQUE BOYS' CLUB, FINLEY HOSPITAL (THE), JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF THE HEARTLAND, YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION (Y.M.C.A.) and the YOUNG WOMEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION (Y.W.C.A.). (7)



1. "Robert C. Wahlert," Telegraph Herald, November 10, 2008, p. 38

2. Bergstrom, Kathy. "Business Leader Dies," Telegraph Herald, May 31, 1994, p. 1

3. "Salvation Army Cites Wahlert," Telegraph Herald, October 20, 1971, p. 15

4. Bergstrom

5. Gilligan, Amy. "Rise and Fall of Dubuque Packing Company," Telegraph Herald, November 10, 2008, p. 38

6. "Friends Help Realize the Clarke Vision," Telegraph Herald, October 13, 1986, p. 35

7. Bergstrom