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Retail executive Elliot J. Stone was as much a part of Jordan Marsh as the venerable department store chain’s famous blueberry muffins.
When Mr. Stone retired as president and CEO in 1988, retail analysts sensed the end of an era. “Jordan Marsh was Mr. Stone, and vice versa,” the publisher of the Retail Marketing Report told the Globe at the time.
Mr. Stone, a Boston native and philanthropist who spent more than 40 years in retail management, including four years as president and chief operating officer of Gimbels stores, died Jan. 27 in Palm Beach, Fla., of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 92 and a former longtime resident of Newton.