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merchant , Retail company executive

Stewart Orton, American retail company executive, merchant.


Orton, Stewart was born on November 19, 1915 in Cincinnati. Son of Henry S. and Helen (Block) Orton.


Bachelor, University of Michigan, 1937.


With, Shillito's Department Store, Cincinnati, 1937-1957;vice president, general merchandise manager, Shillito's Department Store, 1954-1957;president, J.N. Adam & Company (department store), Buffalo, 1957-1960;vice president parent company, Associated Dry Goods Corporation, New York City, 1957-1960;executive vice president, Boston Store, Milwaukee, 1960-1963;vice president, Federated Department Stores, Cincinnati, 1963;executive vice president, Foley's, Houston, 1964-1968;president, Foley's, Houston, 1968-1978;chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Foley's, Houston, 1979-1982;executive vice president, Federated Department Stores Inc. Foundation, 1982-1988.


Campaign chairman Houston United Fund, 1968, president, 1969. Trustee University Houston Foundation, Museum Fine Arts, Houston, 1980-1988. Board directors Alley Theatre, Consumer Credit Conseling Service, since 1988, chairman, 1990-1992.

Board directors St. Joseph Hospital Foundation, chairman, 1978-1980. Board directors Houston Committee for Private Sector Initiatives, co-chairman, 1981-1986. Board directors, vice president Communities in Schools, since 1986.

President Houston Economic Development Council, 1984-1985. Board directors Houston Symphony Orchestra, since 1988, chairman, 1990-1991. Major Quartermaster Corps, Army of the United States, 1942-1945.

Member Houston Chamber of Commerce C. (director, vice chairman 1979-1980, chairman 1981-1982) Clubs: Forum of Houston (president 1983, chairman 1984).


Married Hanni Stern, November 16, 1946. Children: Judith, John.

Henry S. Orton

Helen (Block) Orton

Hanni Stern

Judith Orton

John Orton