David P. Reynolds, former CEO of Reynolds Metals Co. died at the VCU Medical Center in Richmond on Monday after a period of declining health.  He was 96.
The youngest of four sons of company founder Richard S. Reynolds, Mr. Reynolds led the development of Reynolds Wrap household aluminum foil and the aluminum beverage can for beer and soft drinks over a 50 year career.

He earned a reputation as an environmentalist and was an industry leader in consumer aluminum recycling. He also pioneered new-product development in the building and construction, automotive, and packaging markets.

As a young man he lost an eye in a polo accident but never lost his love for horses. He owned and bred Thoroughbreds including Tabasco Cat, won the 1994 Preakness and Belmont Stakes.  He frequently raced in partnership with the late William T. Young of Overbrook Farm in Lexington, KY.

Reynolds became interested in horses through Warner L. Jones Jr. (Hermitage Farm), a classmate at Lawrenceville Prep School, where Reynolds was captain of the football team. Jones was the breeder of the 1953 Kentucky Derby winner Dark Star, who sprang a huge upset in handing Native Dancer his only defeat.

Reynolds also owned and bred the crack sprinter Lord Carson, a multiple stakes winner who equaled trace records at both Churchill and Turfway.

To read the Richmond Times Dispatch’s article about his life, click here.

To read his obituary in the New York Times, click here