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JOHN H. KORNBLITH

 JOHN H. KORNBLITH
 NEW YORK, July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- John H. Kornblith, an early


associate of Ray Kroc in the McDonald's chain and one of the largest franchise holders in the nation, died Monday evening (July 27) in New York. He was 67 years old. The cause of his death, at Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center, was complications from lung cancer.
 A leading philanthropist and contributor to educational causes in New York, Mr. Kornblith was president and chief executive of Twenty- First Century Corporation, owner of 38 restaurants, making it the largest McDonald's franchise holder in the New York area. His wife, Dorothy, who has worked closely with him, will continue to operate the business.
 In 1988, Mr. Kornblith was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters from the Graduate School of the University Center of the City University of New York. He endowed the John H. Kornblith Family Chair in the Philosophy of Science and Value at the university.
 He was also a director of The Lighthouse in N.Y., the Council of the Graduate School of Business of Chicago University, the Institute for Responsive Education in Boston, the Project Return Foundation and the Children's Oncology Society of New York.
 Mr. Kornblith was born in Chicago on Oct. 30, 1924, to Howard and Babette Kornblith. He earned B.A. and M.B.A. degrees at the University of Chicago and began a career in the apparel industry in Chicago, later founding the exclusive licensing company in the United States for Pierre Cardin's men's clothing line. In the menswear industry, he was generally credited with bringing French style to America.
 In 1959, while still in the apparel industry, Mr. Kornblith bought his first two McDonald's franchises.
 Mr. Kornblith's first marriage, to the former Ina Jean Russell, ended in divorce. In addition to his wife, Dorothy, Mr. Kornblith is survived by four children, Cathy, Gary, Polly and Lisa; four grandchildren; and a sister, Jane Hess of Winnetka, Ill.
 A memorial service will be held next Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 11:30 a.m., at the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York, 33 West 42nd St., in the Harold M. Proshansky Auditorium.
 The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Ronald McDonald Children's Charities of New York.
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