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Retail merchandising executive

Lester Arthur Burcham, American Retail merchandising executive.


Burcham, Lester Arthur was born on April 26, 1913 in Lancaster, Ohio, United States. Son of Arthur L. and Estella (Grannan) Burcham.


Student in public schools.


District manager, F.W. Woolworth Company, 1931-1958; vice president, F.W. Woolworth Company, 1958-1962; executive vice president, F.W. Woolworth Company, 1962-1964; president, F.W. Woolworth Company, 1965-1969; Chairman of the Board, F.W. Woolworth Company, 1970-1977; chief Executive officer, F.W. Woolworth Company, 1970-1977; former director, F.W. Woolworth Company. Past director Kinney Shoe Corporation, F.W. Woolworth Company Ltd. (England), Woolworth Espanola, S.A. (Spain), Richman Brothers Company, Charter New York Corporation, Western Electric Company.


Member President's Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprise. Member of national corporations committee United Negro College Fund. Chairman retail merchandising industry United States Industrial Payroll Savings Committee, 1973.

Past director Economics Development Council New York City. Board directors National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater New York Fund. Member National Retail Merchants Association (past director), Newcomen Society North America, Economic Club, Scarsdale Golf Club, Indian Harbor Yacht Club, Presidents Club.


Married Zora M. Gray, April 20, 1935. 1 son, James Edward.

Arthur L. Burcham

Estella (Grannan) Burcham

Zora M. Gray