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2022 January 25th: David Mugar

Updated: Mar 16, 2022

David G. Mugar was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mugar Enterprises, Inc. in Boston and was a well-known New England businessman and philanthropist. He had more than 40 years of experience in developing and managing commercial real estate, including hotels, regional malls, shopping centers, offices, labs, brownfields land, an assisted living complex, and industrial spaces.

David, in partnership with Don Law, was co-owner of the Boston Opera House, the Paradise Night Club and House of Blues in Boston. David also oversaw equity and bond investments, retail businesses, venture capital and other closely held investments.

He was the principal owner of and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of New England Television Corporation which owned and operated WHDH-TV, Channel 7 a CBS affiliate in Boston for 11 years as well as the NBC-affiliated radio station WHDH-AM.

Since 1974 David served as Executive Producer for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular held each July 4th on the Esplanade in Boston. In the spring of 2016 he announced his retirement as Executive Producer. In September 2016 David announced that, starting in 2017, the Boston Pops will produce the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular every July 4th.

* Alumni Club footnote: David and his family started the Star Market Grocery chain in Boston that later became part of the Jewel Companies.

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