Gerald Long, RJ Reynolds Tobacco chairman and CEO in 1980s and county commissioner, dies at 82

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Gerald “Jerry” Long, who served as chairman and chief executive of the second-largest U.S. cigarette company in the 1980s, has died. He was 82.

Long died in Winston-Salem on Wednesday. His wife, Marieanne Long, said he died of Lewy Body dementia, a brain disease that closely resembles Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Long held top executive positions at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco in Winston-Salem from 1984 to 1988, when he left the cigarette maker after nearly 20 years. Parent company RJR Nabisco was taken over by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. the same year.

Long then served as a Forsyth County commissioner for eight years and started a garden center.

Reynolds American Inc. CEO Susan Ivey says Long was dedicated to the company and its employees.

source: Associated Press

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