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Praegitzer Industries founder dies at 73

Jun 09, 2005

Robert Praegitzer was a pioneer in Oregon high-tech, Statesman Journal report says

The report added: Robert Praegitzer, the former logger with a ninth-grade education who became a captain of Oregon's high-technology industry, died Thursday just shy of his 74th birthday.

After making his fortune in the timber industry, Praegitzer brought the high-tech industry to Dallas. In 1981, Praegitzer founded circuit board maker Praegitzer Industries Inc.

The company rebounded from a fire in 1987 that destroyed most of its $5 million factory. Today, the operation is owned by Tyco Printed Circuit Group. It remains one of Dallas' largest employers.

Praegitzer was known for persistence and risk-taking, said Dallas Mayor Jim Fairchild. Praegitzer owned industrial property in Dallas, and the city recently had been in negotiations to acquire it, he said.

"You had no question where you stood with him," Fairchild said of Praegitzer's blunt style.

"He was happy when he was wheeling and dealing in business stuff," said Nancy Praegitzer, his daughter.

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