Louis Myer Tanenbaum, co-owner of Lesser-Tanenbaum Store for Men on King Street and founder of Tanenbaum Clothiers in South Windermere, died Thursday. He was 95.
Born July 25, 1917, in Columbia, he was the son of Nathan Tanenbaum and Rose Orenstein Tanenbaum. He attended North Carolina State University and the College of Charleston, and served in the Coast Guard during World War II.
Tanenbaum moved to Charleston in 1937 and opened Lesser-Tanenbaum Store for Men on King Street with his brother-in-law Louis Lesser. In 1958 they opened a store in South Windermere and added womenís clothing to the inventory. The King Street shop closed in 1958 and the South Windermere store closed in 1999.
He was elected president of the Retail Merchants Association in 1952 and was appointed chairman of its committee to revitalize the King Street shopping area in 1960.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Karesh Tanenbaum, sons Mark and Alan Tanenbaum, daughter Rose Tanenbaum Haber and other extended family members.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. today at Emanu-El Cemetery (Maryville).
Arrangements are being handled by Stuhrís Dowtown Chapel of Charleston.