Michael Cudahy, one of Milwaukee’s most prominent entrepreneurs and philanthropists, died on March 11 at age 97.

After building a successful company that he eventually sold to GE in the late 1990s, Cudahy turned his attention to philanthropy, leaving his stamp on the city most visibly in the opening of Discovery World on Milwaukee’s lakefront.

The grandson of meat-packing magnate Patrick Cudahy, Michael Cudahy co-founded Marquette Electronics with Warren Cozzens in 1964 with $15,000 in capital and 1,600 square feet of factory space on Milwaukee’s north side. They went on to grow it to a $578 million company by the late 1990s.

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