Discount Chain Owner
Max Coffman, 95, a one-time grocery store delivery boy who founded the Mammoth Mart discount store chain, died June 27 at his home in Brockton, Mass. No cause of death was reported.
The son of Russian immigrants, Mr. Coffman grew up in Quincy, Mass., where he worked as a delivery boy and boxed for nickels donated by passers-by. After attending Northeastern University, he went to work for Stop & Shop supermarket in 1937.
In 1956, he opened Mammoth Mills, a no-frills factory store offering discount merchandise, in a former foundry in Framingham. At its peak, the Mammoth chain had nearly 90 stores along the Eastern Seaboard. He won the Horatio Alger Award in 1967, but in 1974, the chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. It emerged from Chapter 11 the following year. In 1977, when the Mammoth chain had $17 million in cash and $42 million in assets, Mr. Coffman sold it to King Department Store.
Michael W. Donnelly
Gulf War Veterans Spokesman
Retired Maj. Michael W. Donnelly, 46, an Air Force fighter pilot who became a spokesman for sick Gulf War veterans, died June 30 at a Hartford, Conn., hospital after a decade-long battle with Lou Gehrig's disease.
Maj. Donnelly contracted amyotrophic lateral sclerosis during the Gulf War. His personal crusade and 1998 memoir, "Falcon's Cry," contributed to the federal government's 2001 decision to pay medical and disability benefits to hundreds of Gulf War veterans with the disease.
He retired in 1996 after a 15-year career. During Operation Desert Storm, he flew 44 F-16 combat missions over Iraq as a member of a fighter squadron stationed in Germany.
Oliver Jensen, 91, one of the founders of American Heritage magazine, died at an assisted-living facility in Chester, Conn., on June 30. No cause of death was reported.
Mr. Jensen, along with Joseph Thorndike and James Parton, founded American Heritage in 1954. It has a circulation of 340,000 and is part of the American Heritage Publishing Co., a division of Forbes Inc.
Mr. Jensen joined Life magazine as a writer in 1940 and, after the war, was an editor there. With Thorndike and Parton, he founded Thorndike, Jensen & Parton, a custom publishing firm, in 1950. From 1959 to 1976, Jensen was the editor of American Heritage. From 1981 to 1983, he was chief of the division of prints and photographs at the Library of Congress.
Arnold S. Rosenfeld, 72, former editor in chief of Cox Newspapers and editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, died of complications from cancer July 1 at Atlanta's Northside Hospital.
Mr. Rosenfeld went to the Journal-Constitution in 1988 and was named editor in chief of Cox seven months later. He retired in 2000.
He also was the former editor of Cox's Austin American-Statesman and Dayton Daily News. In 1984, he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for commentary for columns he wrote for the Daily News.