Harold Frank, Former Jordan Marsh and Bradlees CEO, Dead at 87

Known as “Hal,” Frank began his retail career in 1948 at Abraham & Straus.

Harold S. Frank, a former chairman and chief executive officer of the Jordan Marsh and Bradlees retail chains, died June 30. He was 87.


Known as “Hal,” Frank began his retail career in 1948 at Abraham & Straus, where he rose to senior vice president and general merchandise manager for men’s, women’s, children’s, apparel and accessories. He left briefly from 1973 to 1974 to join Macy’s as executive vice president for merchandising and sales promotion. From 1974 to 1977 he held a similar position at Gold Circle, which like A&S was a division of Federated Department Stores. He went on to become ceo of Bradlees before becoming ceo of Jordan Marsh, from which he retired. Jordan Marsh, Bradlees, A&S and Gold Circle no longer operate.

Allen Questrom, the former Federated, J.C. Penney and Barneys New York chairman and ceo, once described Frank as “an outstanding retail executive with proven business acumen” and picked him to run Jordan Marsh. Among Frank’s many accomplishments, he bolstered Bradlees’ operations at a time when the New England economy was struggling. Frank served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, and was a graduate of the Boston Latin School, Dartmouth College and the Tuck Business School. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte, and four children. Remembrances may be made to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, Mass. 02445.