NEW YORK -- Services for Irving Allen Mathews, retired chairman and chief executive officer of the Frost Bros. specialty chain, were held Sunday in San Antonio. Mathews, 76, died Friday of complications from surgery.

Mathews's career with Frost spanned 41 years. He started in 1945 as a buyer, became president in 1963 and ceo in 1971. Under his leadership, Frost developed its American and European designer business and expanded to 13 stores throughout Texas.

Frost Bros. was sold in 1970 to Manhattan Industries, and Mathews was made a director of the company and president of its retail division. He held those posts until the chain was sold and he retired in 1986. Frost liquidated in 1989.

He is survived by his wife, a daughter, a son and five grandchildren.

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