George P. (Phil) Kelly, a retail executive for over 40 years and a former chief executive for Marshall Field’s, died in Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami on April 5 from complications after surgery for a brain abcess. He was 74.
Born in New York City and raised in Providence, R.I., Kelly was a graduate of the Moses Brown School and Amherst College, and received an MBA from Columbia University. He began his retail career at Bloomingdale’s while he was a graduate student at Columbia and worked there for 17 years, ultimately rising to senior vice president.
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