David G. Mugar

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David G. Mugar is an Armenian-American businessman from Belmont, Massachusetts. He is a member of the Mugar family of Greater Boston. He is CEO and chair of Mugar Enterprises. His father, Stephen P. Mugar was the founder of the Star Market supermarket chain, and was also a major Boston-area philanthropist.

Life and career[edit]

David Mugar attended the Cambridge School of Weston and in 1962 graduated from Babson College.[1]

Mugar is the former Executive Producer of Boston's Fourth of July celebration, which is organized by the Boston 4 Celebrations Foundation[2] (a not-for-profit organization founded by Mugar).

In 2011, Mugar was embroiled in controversy when it was discovered that the CBS National coverage of Boston's Fourth of July celebration included "fake" fireworks clips. Graphics were digitally altered so that during the broadcast, fireworks were seemingly exploding behind famous Boston landmarks, such as Home Plate at Fenway Park, the Massachusetts State House, and Faneuil Hall. A research scientist from Brighton, MA, Karl Clodfelter, and a computer programmer from Ostrander, OH, David Perry, noticed the geographical impossibility of these clips and alerted the Boston Globe. A front-page story in the newspaper on July 8, 2011 broke the story to the public.[3]

The Mugar Omni Theater at the Museum of Science, Boston was named after Mugar's parents. David Mugar is also a Museum trustee. Boston University's Mugar Memorial Library, the University's main study and research library, is named after his grandparents.[4]

In 2002, Mugar gave $5,000,000 for a new wing at the Cape Cod Hospital, in Hyannis, Massachusetts.[5]

According to the Federal Election Commission, in 2011 Mugar donated $250,000 to Restore Our Future, Inc., the Superpac supporting Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.[6]


  1. ^ "Where Massachusetts' Wealthiest People Went to College". Boston Magazine. March 15, 2018. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
  2. ^ "About Us". Boston 4 Celebrations Foundation. Archived from the original on June 14, 2007. Retrieved June 25, 2007.
  3. ^ James H. Burnett III. "Boston gets a nonreality show".
  4. ^ "About the BU Libraries » BU Libraries | Boston University". www.bu.edu.
  5. ^ Mark Mumford (August 16, 2002). "Mugar's munificence making a difference at hospital". Barnstable Patriot. Archived from the original on August 25, 2007. Retrieved June 25, 2007.
  6. ^ http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C00490045/763780/sa/ALL[permanent dead link]