Luis Alfredo Estupinan, 52, head of Pompeian...


Luis Alfredo Estupinan, 52, head of Pompeian Olive Oil

Luis Alfredo Estupinan, a self-educated man who worked his way up from a salesman with Pompeian Olive Oil company in Baltimore to become its president, died Dec. 8 of a heart attack. He was 52.

Born in Quito, Ecuador, Mr. Estupinan came to the United States in the early 1960s, first to New York.

A graduate of New York University in 1967, he taught himself five languages and traveled the world. He settled in Baltimore in 1976.

Mr. Estupinan started at Pompeian as a wine salesman in 1978.

In 1967, Mr. Estupinan married Linda L. Moats, who said he will be most remembered for being an honest and ethical businessman.

"[He] always looked out for the workers of the company," she recalled, noting that he started the annual Pompeian family picnic in 1994.

He was posthumously named one of the top 25 Hispanic businessmen in the state by El Heraldo, a Baltimore newspaper.

Services were held Dec. 14 at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church.

Mr. Estupinan also is survived by a daughter, Laura Estupinan of Baton Rouge, La.; his mother, Marina Melo of Quito; two brothers, Patricio Estupinan and Jose Proano, both of Quito; and a number of nieces and nephews, all of Quito.

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