William-Modell-Obituary

William Modell

Obituary

NEW YORK (AP) - William Modell, the head of the family owned Modell's Sporting Goods chain and a philanthropist who donated millions of dollars to medical research including Crohn's disease, has died. He was 86.

Modell died Thursday of complications from prostate cancer, the company said.

Modell became chairman of the company in 1985 after taking over from his father, Henry. Under his leadership, the chain grew from four stores to 136 in about a dozen states in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic region. It markets an assortment of athletic apparel, equipment, accessories and footwear.

Last year, the chain's revenues were about $635 million.

The store had a modest beginning when Modell's grandfather, Morris, opened a general store in lower Manhattan in 1889. It thrived after World War II by selling Army surplus merchandise at low prices.

An ardent philanthropist, Modell was a founder or co-founder of a number of medical foundations including Gilda's Club New York. He raised millions of dollars for medical research into Crohn's disease, which claimed the life of his son Michael in 2001.

He also was a founding patron of the Metropolitan Opera House and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and a member of the Friars Club.

Modell won numerous retailing awards and was inducted into the National Sporting Goods Hall of Fame by former President George H.W. Bush.
Copyright © 2008 The Associated Press


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Wonderful memories of Henry Modell sending fruit from Florida to the office every year. To William being a outstanding boss that you will never find any were else a wonderful family.

DEAR MODELL FAMILY & FRIENDS,
MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. MAY THE LOVE OF OUR LORD BRING YOU COMFORT DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME. ANOTHER BRIGHT STAR IS SHINING IN THE SKY.

Shelby our thoughts and prayers are with you at this diffucult time in your life. Bill and yourself touched Gregg's life forever and always were there when Gregg needed you guys whether it was in middle of the night or to get to a doctor at the spur of the moment. Bill might not be with us anymore but yourself and Bill's kindness will never be forgotten by our whole family. Bill Modell was a true hero and a second grandfather to Gregg when he was sick. On behalf of the entire Aarons family...

My Deepest Sympathy to the family and friends of William Modell. Death is an enemy, but God through his word the Bible gives us hope. He has promised and we know God can't lie that there will be a ressurection and some will live forever on a paradise earth. Psalm 37 verse 29 says "The righteous themselves will possess the earth, And they will reside forever upon it." Remember the Lords Prayer, let your Kingdom come. So God will have a Kingdom, kings and subjects. May the Bible...

A truly wonderful human being...my life was enriched knowing and working with him.

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.