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Ralph Lazarus, American Retail stores executive. Recipient Gold Medal award National Retail Merchants. Association, 1974; Brotherhood award National Conference of Christians and Jews, 1975.


Lazarus, Ralph was born on January 30, 1914 in Columbus, Ohio, United States. Son of Fred and Meta (Marx) Lazarus.


B. A., Dartmouth College, 1935. Doctor of Laws, Dartmouth College, 1965. Doctor of Laws, University Miami, 1961.

Doctor of Commercial Science, Suffolk University, 1962. Doctor of Laws, Xavier University, 1965.


Vice president, general merchandise manager, F. & R. Lazarus & Company, 1935-1951;with, OPA, War Production Board, 1941-1943;executive vice president, Federated Department Stores, Inc., Cincinnati, 1951-1957;president, Federated Department Stores, Inc., Cincinnati, 1957-1967;chief Executive officer, Federated Department Stores, Inc., Cincinnati, 1966-1981;Chairman of the Board, Federated Department Stores, Inc., Cincinnati, 1967-1982;chairman of the executive committee, Federated Department Stores, Inc., Cincinnati, 1982-1984;chairman emeritus, Federated Department Stores, Inc., Cincinnati, 1984-1988. Board directors General Electric, Gillette Company.


Member steering committee Cincinnati Bicentennial Commission. Cincinnati Business Committee. Trustee Committee Economic Development.

National advisory committee Peace Corps. Served to lieutenant United States Army Air Force, World World War World War II. Member Council on Foreign Relations, Business Council.

Clubs: Winding Hollow Country (Columbus). Harmonie, Sky (New York City). Blind Brook Country (White Plains, New York ).

Losantiville Country (Cincinnati), Camargo (Cincinnati), Commonwealth (Cincinnati), Commercial (Cincinnati), Dartmouth (Cincinnati), Queen City (Cincinnati), Vintage Country (California).


Married Gladys Kleeman, June 24, 1939. Children: Mary (deceased), Richard (deceased), John R., James.

Fred Lazarus

Meta (Marx) Lazarus

Gladys Kleeman

Mary Lazarus (deceased)

Richard Lazarus (deceased)

John R. Lazarus

James Lazarus