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Charles Tandy

AKA Charles David Tandy

Born: 15-May-1918
Birthplace: Brownsville, TX
Died: 4-Nov-1978
Location of death: Fort Worth, TX
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Remains: Buried, Greenwood Memorial Park, Fort Worth, TX

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Business

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Radio Shack

Military service: US Navy (1941-47)

Charles Tandy's father was a partner in the Hinckley-Tandy Company, a leather manufacturer, and young Tandy joined the company after serving in the Navy during World War II. In 1960 he bought out his father's business partner, reorganized the firm as Tandy Corporation, and embarked on a strategy of diversification. Tandy purchased some or all of several companies in an array of different fields, including a crafts shop, a printing company, a rattan furniture wholesaler, an apparel store, an import shop, and a bankrupt chain of nine Boston-area electronics shops called Radio Shack. The import shop, called Cost Plus, was sold in 1966 and re-named Pier 1 Imports, while Tandy's Radio Shack became an early leader in the home electronics market. Tandy remained in charge of the company as it developed and introduced the Tandy Radio Shack (TRS)-80, the best-selling personal computer of the late 1970s. By his death in 1978, Radio Shack had 2,700 stores and Tandy Corporation was a multinational with $10B annual revenues.

Father: David Lewis Tandy (leather magnate)
Mother: Carmen McLain Tandy
Wife: Gwen Purdy Johnston Tandy (m. 23-Oct-1945, d. 1966)
Wife: Anne Burnett Windfohr Tandy (m. 12-Jun-1969)

    High School: Paschal High School, Fort Worth, TX (1936)
    University: BS, Texas Christian University (1940)
    University: Harvard Business School (attended 1940-41)

    Tandy Vice President (1947-55); President (1955-64)
    Tandy Chief Executive Officer (1964-78)
    Member of the Board of Tandy 1947-78 (Chairman, 1964-78)
    Fort Worth National Bank Board of Directors

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