Hotel Chain Founder
Hervey Feldman, 67, the founding president and chief executive of the Embassy Suites hotel chain from 1983 to 1990, who then served as its board chairman until 1992, died Sept. 7 at his home in Dallas. No cause of death was reported.
In 1991, Mr. Feldman and longtime partner Thomas J. Corcoran Jr. co-founded FelCor Lodging Trust. Over the next decade, FelCor bought more than 200 hotels and created one of the nation's top hotel real estate investment trusts.
Mr. Feldman began his 42-year career in hotels in 1960 with Brock Hotel Corp., which was the first Holiday Inn franchisee and, at the time, the largest single owner of Holiday Inns. He also founded Sunbelt Hospitality Corp., which built and owned the first Crowne Plaza hotel in Fort Wayne, Ind.
W.H. Krome George
W.H. Krome George, 86, a top Alcoa executive who helped the company grow globally, died Sept. 6 at a care center in Mars, Pa., of complications of a heart attack and a stroke.
Mr. George was on the aluminum production company's board of directors from 1967 to 1988 and became its chief executive and chairman in 1975. Alcoa's annual revenue grew from $2.3 billion that year to $5.3 billion in 1983, when he stepped down as chairman.
He played a major role in bringing in Paul O'Neill as a director in 1986. O'Neill succeeded Charles W. Parry as chairman and chief executive in 1987 and later became U.S. treasury secretary.
Anne Coffin Hanson
Yale University Art Historian
Anne Coffin Hanson, 82, a historian of French and Italian art and the first woman to become a tenured professor at Yale University, died Sept. 3 at her home in New Haven, Conn. No cause of death was reported.
In 1970, the year after the university opened its doors to female undergraduates, Dr. Hanson was named the first female professor with full tenure at Yale. Four years later, she was named chairman of the art department, another first for women at the Ivy League university.
She was an expert in 19th- and 20th-century French and Italian art, especially the works of painter Edouard Manet, who was the subject of her 1977 award-winning book, "Manet and the Modern Tradition." She also was an authority on the Italian art movement known as Futurism.