By  on May 25, 2011

Raymond H. Vise, who died on Thursday at 89, was a longtime Swank executive. He joined the company in October, 1938, as a sales trainee in Buffalo.

Vise left the company to serve in World War II, flying C-47 cargo planes in the Pacific from 1942 until the end of the war. He then returned to Swank as a full-fledged salesman, and rose through the ranks from regional manager in the New York City area to national sales manager. When he retired in 1987 and moved to Irvine, Calif., he was the equivalent of a senior vice president, the number-two person in the company, noted Swank Inc. chief executive officer John Tulin, whose father, Marshall, was also a top executive with the company.

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