‘Mr. Pocahontas’ dies at 74

09/30/2013 03:06:00 PM
Mike Hornick

GauldinG. Wayne Gauldin, retired Pocahontas Foods USA executive, died Sept. 11 in Wisconsin after a bout with melanoma. He was 74.

Gauldin held management roles at the Richmond, Va.-based foodservice distributor from 1967 — when it was known as Taylor and Sledd — until his 1999 retirement. He served as regional sales manager, vice president for quality assurance and director of training and development.

Gauldin developed a sales training program and conducted more than 500 foodservice sales and sales management events nationwide, according to an obituary from Schneider Apfel Schneider & Schneider Funeral Home. His travels earned him the nickname “Mr. Pocahontas.”

From 2003 on, he lived in Janesville, Wis. An aviation and airshow enthusiast, he was director of operations for the Southern Wisconsin AirFest in 2003 and 2004. Gauldin was also a contributing writer for the Atlantic Flyer and other aviation publications, as well as a member of the World War II Warbirds.

Memorials were held Sept. 16 in Janesville, Wis.; and Sept. 22 in Richmond, Va.



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