Executive View: Water, Water

Gerald Ford once tried to recruit David McLaughlin. But the Grand Rapids high school football hero turned down the local Congressman's come-on for the University of Michigan; instead McLaughlin yearned for Dartmouth. There he set pass-catching records that stood for more than 20 years, made All-Ivy and Phi Bete and spurned a Philadelphia Eagles offer in order to go to graduate business school. Now, at 47, rangy Dave McLaughlin invests a quarter of his time as chairman of his college's board of trustees and the rest as chief executive of Minneapolis' Toro Co., which makes lawnmowers, snowthrowers — and...

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