- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 16, 2007

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Charles Lazarus, the last member of his family to lead the Lazarus chain of department stores, died May 14 after a brief illness at his home in suburban Gahanna. He was 93.

The chain, founded in 1851 by Mr. Lazarus’ great-grandfather as a one-room men’s clothing store in Columbus, eventually grew to more than 40 stores in five states in the Midwest.

The family’s influence in the stores declined when Federated Department Stores Inc. moved Lazarus’ headquarters to Cincinnati in 1986.

Mr. Lazarus started working as a sales clerk in his family’s Columbus store in 1936 after he graduated from Yale University with bachelor’s degrees in American history and art history. He became president of the department store chain in 1959 and added the titles of chairman and chief executive officer 10 years later.

In 2005, Federated renamed Lazarus stores as Macy’s.

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