NEW YORK — Steven L. Osterweis, former chairman of the Associated Merchandising Corp., died Jan. 23 at his home in Sarasota, Fla. He was 91.

The cause of death was a stroke, according to his son, John.

Osterweis joined AMC in 1966 as president. After several years at that post, he was named chairman and chief executive officer. AMC is now involved in sourcing, importing and merchandising and is owned by Target Corp. Before being acquired by Target, it functioned as a cooperative buying and merchandising organization, independently owned by various retailers.

Osterweis retired from the company in 1976. He remained active in the retail industry as director of the New York University Institute for Retail Management, while simultaneously serving as a consultant on retail marketing. He also was a former director at Phillips-Van Heusen Corp.

Osterweis began his retailing career after World War II, joining Gimbel Bros. as assistant to the chief executive officer at Gimbel’s New York. He rose within the ranks of the company, becoming vice president of administration and personnel, and then ceo at Gimbel’s Pittsburgh.

In addition to his son, survivors include his wife, Harriet; two daughters, Marian Osterweis and Laura Stangos; four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

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