NEW YORK — Thomas J. Hogan, a 35-year veteran of the May Department Stores Co. who was chief executive of five May divisions from the Eighties until he retired last June, died of cancer on Tuesday. He was 65.
The funeral is today at St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church in Houston at 1 p.m. Hogan played a key role in May’s expansion by orchestrating store openings and helping to integrate acquisitions into the chain. His last job was as president and chief executive of the 66-unit Foley’s division based in Houston, which he joined in 1995.
“During the seven years that Tom was president and ceo of Foley’s, his leadership, wisdom, experience and expertise resulted in unprecedented growth and prosperity for the company,” said Mark J. Weikel, chairman of Foley’s. “Tom treated everyone with respect and dignity and will be sadly missed by his fellow Foley’s associates.”
Hogan joined May Co. as a drapery buyer in 1967 at the May-Cohens division in Jacksonville, Fla. He was promoted several times at the division and ultimately became its president and ceo. Through the Eighties, he held the top job at other May divisions around the country, until joining Foley’s.
Hogan began his retail career in 1960 as an assistant buyer at a Younkers store in Omaha, and rose to buyer there before joining May Co. He also served in the U.S. Army from 1960-66, attaining the rank of sergeant.
He is survived by his second wife, Terrie, and seven children, Charles, Mary Beth, Kim, John, Jenna, Lyndsey and Reed.