By  on July 13, 2007

NEW YORK — Robert Tammero, a former president of Bloomingdale's and Abraham & Straus, died July 1 at New York University Hospital. He was 71.

The cause of death was complications from heart disease, said his son, Michael.

Tammero got his start in the retail industry at Allied Stores Corp. In 1970, he joined Federated Stores Inc. as senior vice president of finance at the Burdine's division, based in Miami. In 1976, he moved to Abraham & Straus in a similar capacity and two years later was appointed president.

In 1985, Tammero was named president of Bloomingdale's. He later assumed responsibility for Federated/Allied Stores, which, besides Bloomingdale's, included A&S and Stern's. In 1990, Tammero was appointed president of Plymouth Lamston Stores Corp., a post he held for about five years. He later joined Pergament Home Stores as chairman.

A native New Yorker, Tammero was a graduate of Hofstra University. He was on the boards of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Brooklyn Development Association and Catholic Charities. He was also a member of the Brooklyn Advisory Board of Chemical Bank of New York, the Brooklyn Museum Development Committee, the Mayors City-Wide Committee on Armed Forces and the board of governors of the Fine Arts Museum of Long Island.

In addition to his son, Tammero is survived by his wife, Margaret; a daughter, Jean Wilkey; two brothers, Frank and Anthony; a sister, Mary Ann Bozzi, and two grandchildren.

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