Orville Schupp, ex-Schenley president, dies


C. Orville Schupp, former president of Schenley Distillers Inc. and longtime Frankfort business and civic leader, died of a heart attack Friday night at the Lexington Hospice Center. He was 93.Schupp was instrumental in securing the land and arranging the financing for what became Frankfort's largest recreational complex - the Juniper Hill city park with its 18-hole municipal golf course, Olympic-sized swimming pool, meeting center, and picnic and playing fields.

He was plant manager of the George T. Stagg Co., at the time the area's largest employer next to state government.

He was elected president of Schenley Distillers Inc. in 1967, in charge of Schenley's domestic and international operations and responsible for such brands as I.W. Harper, Ancient Age, J.W. Dant, and Old Stag bourbons, Dewar's scotch, and Roma and Cresta Blanc wines. He held that post until the acquisition of Schenley by Rapid American Corporation.

For more on this story, see today's State Journal.

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