Epstein Oshman, the former chairman of the defunct Oshmans Sporting Goods chain,
has passed away, according to the Houston Chronicle. She was 98. Oshman took
over as chairman of the Oshmans Sporting Goods chain following the death of
her husband, Jake, in 1965. Although she eventually gave control of day-to-day
operations to her son-in-law, Alan Lubetkin, she became chairman of the board
and oversaw the enterprise as it began to expand to more than 200 stores.
The Sports Authority, formerly Gart Sports Co., acquired Oshman's in 2001.
As her daughter,
Marilyn Oshman, became involved in the business, eventually succeeding her as
board chairman, Jeanette Oshman began a second career in real estate, mostly buying property in
Oshman also gave substantial sums to Baylor College of Medicine and other
institutions in the
and she also helped people individually, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Oshman in survived by her daughters, Marilyn Oshman and Judy Margolis; four
grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her
first husband, Jake; her second husband, Meyer Efron; and a son, Martin Lee
Oshman. Services were held Friday.