Dead at 67
|IRVING, Texas…September 8, 2004 - Hervey Feldman, 67, co-founder and
Chairman Emeritus of FelCor Lodging Trust (NYSE: FCH), passed Tuesday,
September 7 at his home in Dallas, Texas.
“Hervey has been my partner and friend for more than 30 years. His vision and leadership set the standard for the lodging industry,” said Tom Corcoran, FelCor’s President and CEO. “He was one of the most respected leaders in the hotel industry. Hervey’s contributions to the industry and community will long be remembered.”
During his 42-year career in hotels, Mr. Feldman became known as a lodging innovator and a candid and colorful spokesperson for industry events and publications.
Feldman’s industry honors and board appointments included: Vice President and Member of the Hotel Committee of Holiday Corporation’s Board of Directors, Member of the Board of Trustees of New York University’s (NYU) Center for Food and Hotel Management, Speaker and Fellow of the NYU Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, and Member of the Board of Directors of First City Bank, Dallas.
Feldman began his career in the lodging and hospitality industry in 1960 with Brock Hotel Corporation, the first Holiday Inn franchisee and the largest single owner of Holiday Inn® hotels at the time. In 1974, Feldman joined Holiday Inns of America and was the first chairman of the Holiday Gaming Committee. He oversaw Holiday enter the casino gaming business by purchasing 40 percent of the Holiday Inn Center Strip Casino, followed closely by Holiday’s purchase of Harrah’s.
Feldman’s career also included founding Sunbelt Hospitality Corporation, which owned, developed and built the first Crowne Plaza hotel in Fort Wayne, Indiana; and re-joining Brock Hotel Corporation to buy and co-found Residence Inns (now Marriott Residence Inns). In 1983, Feldman left Brock to found and lead Embassy Suites.
Mr. Feldman is survived by his three children: Debra, Josh and Jordana, grandson Eric Schwarz, and his brother Larry Feldman of Seattle, Wash., and his sister Lynn Wittman of Newton, Mass.
Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m., on Thursday, September 9, 2004 at Temple Emanu-El, Lefkowitz Chapel, 8500 Hillcrest Road, Dallas, Texas, 75225. Phone (214) 706-0000.
Donations may be made in the memory of Hervey Feldman to either of the following charities: the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Greater Dallas Chapter, Attn: Melissa Knight, 9400 N. Central Expressway, Suite 1201, Dallas, Texas, 75231, or the American Red Cross, Disaster Relief Fund, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C., 20013.
FelCor is the nation's second largest lodging REIT and the largest owner of full service, all-suite hotels.
Thomas J. Corcoran, Jr.
President and CEO
Monica L. Hildebrand
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