By  on March 11, 2013

Services have been held for Theodore “Ted” Ronick, who worked for R.H. Macy & Co. for nearly 40 years. He died at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan on Saturday after battling a number of ailments for many years. The cause of death was cancer, according to his son, David Ronick. He was 79.

Ronick joined Macy’s in 1955 and held a number of positions with the New York division until 1965 when he joined Bamberger’s, which later merged into Macy’s, as merchandise manager. In 1967, he was named vice president/merchandise administrator for men’s wear. In 1972, he was promoted to senior vice president with responsibility for men’s, juniors’, cosmetics and women’s shoes. In 1980, he became president/chief operating officer of the corporate buying division. He was promoted to chairman of that division in 1985. A year later, he became a member of Macy’s board.

In April 1992, about three months after Macy’s went into bankruptcy, Ronick was removed from the board, along with five other members. Later, in a realignment of the corporate buying and product development division, his title was changed to chairman of marketing of corporate brands, and subsequently, president of merchandising.

At the time of his retirement in 1994, Myron E. “Mike” Ullman 3rd, the then-chairman and chief executive officer of Macy’s, said: “Under his leadership, Macy’s increased the volume of its private-label merchandise substantially while almost doubling the number of foreign offices.” He said Ronick had “a great feel and instinct for merchandise.’’

After leaving Macy’s, Ronick was president of the Noyac Golf Club in Bridgehampton, N.Y. He spent his later years in Palm Beach, Fla., and Bridgehampton, where he enjoyed golf and fishing, according to his son.

In addition to David, he is survived by his wife, Froma; daughter Susan; a brother Mel; stepdaughter Jen Eisenberg Bernstein; their spouses, and eight grandchildren and stepgrandchildren.

The family will be sitting shiva at the apartment of Froma Eisenberg Ronick Tuesday through Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, the family said donations can be made to any cancer organization.

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