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“He really was a real model for what a corporate leader should be,” Poltrack said. “I say this despite the fact that he ran a monopoly and it drove me crazy.”

Nielsen Jr. also was an accomplished tennis player, winning the United States Father-Son Doubles Championships with his father in 1946 and 1948, according to an e-mail from the company

Nielsen’s wife, Patricia McKnew Nielsen, died in 2005. Besides J. Christopher Nielsen, Arthur Nielsen Jr. is survived by another son, Arthur C. Nielsen III, daughter Elizabeth Cocciarelli, and seven grandchildren.


Associated Press Television Writer David Bauder contributed to this report from New York.