|Death: ||Mar., 2000|
Stuart News, The (FL)
March 24, 2000
Beall helped his father rebuild the family business after the Depression into the Beall's and Beall's Outlet Stores chain.
BRADENTON - Egbert Ruffin Beall, 84, who turned his father's downtown dry goods shop into Beall's, a chain of hundreds of department stores, has died after a prolonged struggle with Parkinson's disease.
Beall died Wednesday, his family announced in a statement released Thursday.
"His children remember him as a strong, loving husband and father who taught by his example the importance of integrity and hard work,'' the family stated.
Beall retired in 1980 from the company's daily operations but remained as chairman of the board. He pushed for the development of discount stores, expanding the chain to include more than 220 Beall's Outlet Stores in eight states.
Until his death, he was active with the R.M. Beall Foundation, named for his father, Bob Beall. The foundation provides scholarships and is financially assisting 40 college students.
At the University of Florida, Beall's established a faculty scholarship in honor of Egbert Beall, the E.R. Beall Professorship in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
Beall was born in Bradenton in 1915, the year after his father moved to Manatee County to get into the dry goods business.
The first Beall's store in downtown Bradenton was built in 1925, and failed in the Great Depression. Joining his father in 60-hour work weeks, Egbert Beall then helped his father rebuild the family business.
Egbert Beall attended Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Florida before volunteering for service in World War II. He was in the Army Air Forces for four years and remained active in the Army Reserve, retiring with the rank of major in 1966.
In 1955, Egbert Beall opened the second Beall's store in Bradenton, a decision that led to the chain of 20 stores in Central Florida.
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