Herbert Irving, Sysco Co-Founder and $300 Million Hospital Donor, Dies at 98


Florence and Herbert Irving in 1991 with their collection of lacquerware.

Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

Herbert Irving, a co-founder of the food services giant Sysco Corporation and a philanthropist who donated more than $300 million to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, died on Oct. 3 at his home in Manhattan. He was 98.

A representative of the medical center confirmed his death.

Mr. Irving’s philanthropy was fueled by the fortune he made at Sysco, which he founded in 1969 with John F. Baugh and Harry Rosenthal. The company first sold shares to the public in 1970 and became a major food distribution conglomerate, with sales in the last year of around $50 billion.

Mr. Irving stepped down as vice chairman in 1992 and remained on…

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