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Obituary: Douglas Giles, May Co. Executive

NEW YORK -- Douglas J. Giles, a retired senior vice president of human resources for May Department Stores Co., died May 27 of lymphoma at his home in St. Louis. He was 60.<P>"Doug made tremendous contributions during his 30-year career," said Gene S....

NEW YORK — Douglas J. Giles, a retired senior vice president of human resources for May Department Stores Co., died May 27 of lymphoma at his home in St. Louis. He was 60.

“Doug made tremendous contributions during his 30-year career,” said Gene S. Kahn, chairman and chief executive officer at May. “His leadership and interest in our company and all of its associates provides a great legacy for May’s human resources organization, as well as the company overall. Doug’s strength and determination were an inspiration to all who knew him. His insight and friendship will be greatly missed.”

Giles joined May Co. in 1969 as director of training, development, recruitment and placement at the Famous-Barr division in St. Louis, held various human resources positions at different divisions, including May-Cohens in Jacksonville; Strouss in Youngstown, Ohio; G. Fox in Hartford, Conn., and Hecht’s in Washington, D.C.

He returned to St. Louis in 1984 as senior vice president of human resources at Famous-Barr and in 1985, Giles assumed May’s top human resources post when he was appointed senior vice president, human resources for the corporation. He retired in 2000.

He is survived by his wife, Carol, and two sons, Douglas and Jeffrey.”