NEW YORK — Hanne Merriman, former president of Garfinckel’s, the defunct Washington, D.C.-based department stores, died of breast cancer on July 4 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington. She was 61.

Merriman headed Garfinckel’s from 1981 to 1987. She began her career at the company in a junior sales position for the misses’ dress department. She rose to become a buyer, divisional manager, executive vice president and ultimately president.

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