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Jerry Clinton

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 19, 2012 - Jerry Clinton, who went from rags to riches but never lost the common touch, a boxing aficionado who used the sport to help families and the man who helped St. Louis regain its NFL pride, died Wednesday of cancer at his home. He was 74 and had lived in Huntleigh.

St. Louis business leader Jerry Clinton dies

Jan 18, 2012
(Courtesy of The Hauser Group)

Jerry Clinton, a longtime St. Louis business leader and philanthropist, has died.

A spokeswoman for Clinton says he died Wednesday morning. He was 74 and had cancer.

Clinton was the former president and owner of Grey Eagle Distributors. He sold the company in 2005.

Clinton was instrumental in the effort to bring an expansion football team to St. Louis after the Cardinals left for Arizona in 1988. The effort was unsuccessful, though the Rams moved to St. Louis from Los Angeles in 1994.