Hugh Patinkin, Whitehall Head, Dies

Hugh Patinkin, chairman and chief executive officer of Whitehall Jewellers died suddenly of an apparent heart attack on March 30, 2005, the Chicago-based company said in a statement. He was 54. Whitehall's board of directors named Daniel H. Levy, board director, as interim chairman and Lucinda "Cindy" M. Baier as interim CEO. Levy issued the following statement: "It is with great sadness that I announce that [Hugh] passed away suddenly this morning of an apparent heart attack. … Hugh was both an exceptional leader and remarkable individual who demonstrated true passion for our business." Patinkin was the grandson and namesake of one of the company's founders, Hugo Marks, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Marks's uncle, Ben Roth, operated a jewelry store on State Street in Chicago's Loop 100 years ago. Marks took over the store and, with his brother, Al Marks, reopened it as Marks Br

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