Charleston businessman and philanthropist Melvin Solomon, chairman of the board and president of The Solomon Group Co., died Monday. He was 89.

The native Charlestonian was born April 14, 1919.

Educated in Charleston schools, Solomon went into the family business, the Sam Solomon Co., a publicly held corporation selling a wide variety of goods with catalogue showrooms in four states. Solomon became president of the company in 1954.

Solomon also served as president and member of the board of directors of the Merchandisers Association, was a former member of the board of directors of the National Association of Catalog Showroom Merchandisers and served as chairman of the board and president of The Solomon Group.

Solomon was a board member of the Spoleto Festival USA, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, the Health Science Foundation of MUSC, The Jewish Community Center, the American ORT Federation, president of the Charleston Jewish Welfare Fund, co-chairman of the Charleston-Israel Bond Committee, member of the Israel Bonds Prime Ministers Club and was a trustee of the Hebrew Benevolent Society.

He also served on the boards of Brith Sholom Beth Israel Synagogue, Trident Community Foundation, Festival Foundation Inc., Carolina Art Association, the Boy Scouts of America and other civic and religious organizations.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge, Friendship Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite, the Shrine, B'nai B'rith and ZOA.

Solomon is survived by his wife, Judith Mendel Solomon, a sister, four children, 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.