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Byline: DAVID MOIN
Joseph E. Brooks Dies
Joseph E. Brooks, the flamboyant former chairman of Lord &Taylor and Ann Taylor and one of the titans of retailing in the Seventies and Eighties, died Thursday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
The cause of death was leukemia, according to his daughter, Elizabeth Brooks Rains. He was 84. A memorial service will be private.
"He was larger than life, very colorful, and he could be difficult but he had a tremendous heart," Rains said. "He brought me up to be feisty."
Brooks, a domineering sometimes controversial executive, brought a sense of elevated prestige and pride to Lord & …