By  on May 16, 2006

NEW YORK — Richard L. Battram, who rose from a store buyer to executive vice chairman of May Department Stores Co. and was a key figure in the company for decades, died of thyroid cancer Friday at his home in Ladue, Mo. He was 71.

In the mid-Eighties and into the Nineties, as a vice chairman of St. Louis-based May, Battram worked closely with David Farrell, the legendary chairman and chief executive officer, who drove the retailer to unprecedented growth and prosperity. May was acquired last year by Federated Department Store Co. Inc.

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