BROUS--Philip, of New York City, passed away on Monday, February 4, at age 82, from complications of Parkinson's Disease. The son of Leonard Brous and Harriet Baron Brous, he was born in 1930 in Manhattan. Growing up at the height of the Great Depression, he graduated at 16 from Bronx High School of Science. He went on to earn a BA degree from New York University two years later, followed by MS and MBA degrees from Columbia University in 1950 and 1951. In the early 1950s, he served as a First Lieutenant and supply officer in the United States Air Force. After the Air Force, he entered Bloomingdales' Executive Training Program and went on to become a buyer and a merchandise manager. In 1970, he joined Miller-Wohl Company, a retail apparel chain, as general merchandise manager. He rose to become president of the company, helping lead it through its successful turnaround and listing on The New York Stock Exchange in 1978. After Miller-Wohl was acquired in 1984, he went on to become president of The Foxmoor Specialty Stores Corporation, and later became a consulting executive for other retail chains. During the 1990s, he was an adjunct professor of retailing at Columbia Business School. He originated a popular seminar that brought top retail executives to speak to his students. His family and friends remember him not only for his great intelligence and kindness, but also for his marvelous sense of humor, and his love of chocolate. He is survived and will be deeply missed by his wife of over 50 years, Barbara Biber Brous; children Leonard, Elizabeth, and Nancy; daughter-in-law Helen Garey; son-in-law Charles Guevara, grandchildren Alexander and Andrew Guevara and Sophie and Philip Daniel Brous, and by brothers David (and wife Miriam), Rick (and wife Marcia), and their families. The Brous family wishes to express its gratitude to Heather Ward, Marcia Fenton and Gloria Knights for their sensitive and devoted care of Philip over the last several years. Services will be held, with time to be determined at Congregation B'nai Jeshurun in Short Hills, NJ where Philip had served as president. For information, please call Bernheim Apter Kreitzman Funeral Home, 973-422-0600 or visit: bernheimapterkreitzman.com
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Published in The New York Times on Feb. 7, 2013