Business & Finance: Storekeeping Atlas

Two years ago Bonwit Teller became the only big Manhattan store with a woman chief executive. The job went to Mrs. Hortense McQuarrie ("Tenney") Odlum, sprightly wife of Floyd Bostwick Odlum, who had discovered the store among the assets of one of the investment trusts picked up by his Atlas Corp. during Depression.* It was Mr. Odlum's idea that the logical person to run a women's store was a woman. Since then the Odlums have been divorced, Mr. Odlum marrying Aviatrix Jacqueline Cochran, Mrs. Odlum becoming Mrs. Porfilio Dominici by mar rying a...

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