Edward Sinman, former vice president of Stewart & Co. Department Stores, whose career in retail management spanned three decades, died of a brain aneurysm yesterday at Sinai Hospital. He was 83.
Funeral services for Mr. Sinman were scheduled for 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Sol Levinson Funeral Home, 6010 Reisterstown Road.
For 25 years, Mr. Sinman worked for Stewart & Co., a chain with six Baltimore locations. Hired in 1945 as merchandise manager, Mr. Sinman became vice president and managed the Reisterstown Road Plaza store until he retired.
That store closed in 1983. The flagship store at Howard and Lexington closed its doors in 1979.
Born in Boston, Mass., Mr. Sinman graduated from Boston University with a business degree. He began his career as a stock boy for R. H. White and Co. in Boston. In 1938, he became a buyer for Gladdings Department Store in Providence, R.I. Three years later, he moved to James McCreary's Department Store in New York, where he became the city's leading fur buyer.
He interrupted his career in 1942 to join the U.S. Navy. He was stationed at Norfolk, Va., until 1945, when he joined Stewart's, as it was popularly called.
Mr. Sinman was active in community affairs before and after his retirement. He was president of the Retail Merchants Association in Baltimore from 1960 to 1964, a past president of Chestnut Ridge Country Club on Falls Road, a member of Bonnie View Country club on Smith Avenue and past president of SCORE, the Service Corps Of Retired Executives, which advises new businesses.
He was cited by the Israeli government while serving as a Stewart's vice president for promoting an Israeli festival at Reisterstown Road Plaza and helping import Israeli goods for sale in the United States.
Also during his time at Stewart's, he sponsored a fashion show -- attended by Israeli officials -- to raise money through the sale of Israel Bonds.
A resident of Park Heights Avenue at the time of his death, Mr. Sinman lived in Mount Washington for 40 years.
Besides his wife, the former Frances Schwartz, he is survived by a son, Lawrence Mark Sinman of Baltimore; two sisters, Molly Miller of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Esther Goldman of Boston, Mass.; and a granddaughter, Kimberly Rose Sinman.