- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 30, 2004

E.R. Haggar Sr., 88, prominent clothier

DALLAS (AP) — E.R. Haggar Sr., a clothier who brought the family business to national prominence, died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer. He was 88.

Mr. Haggar served as president of Haggar Clothing Co. from 1948 until 1971 and chairman of the board from 1971 to 1991.

He began working for the company during the summer when he was 14. By the time he graduated from Notre Dame in 1938, he had been involved in every phase of the business.

After serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II, Mr. Haggar returned to the company and helped begin development of a national brand and national distribution.

He started an advertising campaign that took the Haggar name to television in the 1950s. During the same decade, he introduced finished-bottom pants that eliminated the consumer’s wait for alterations.

In 2001, he wrote “Big Ed and the Haggar Family: Behind an Apparel Giant,” in which he describes building his father’s business with his brother, Joe, and sister, Rosemary Haggar Vaughn.

He had served on the board of trustees for Notre Dame and as national director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

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