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Giants second co-owner Tisch dies from brain cancer

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Giants second co-owner Tisch dies from brain cancer

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Robert Tisch, co-owner of the New York Giants and a civic leader in New York City for several decades, died at his home Tuesday of brain cancer, a family publicist said. He was 79.

Tisch's death followed by three weeks the passing of the Giants' other co-owner, Wellington Mara, on Oct. 25, also of cancer. Wellington Mara was the son of team founder Timothy J. Mara.

Tisch bought 50 percent of the Giants from Tim Mara, Wellington Mara's nephew, in 1991, not long after the Giants defeated Buffalo, 20-19, to win Super Bowl XXV.

He also was U.S. postmaster general from 1986 to 88 and chairman and director of Loews Corp., a company he and his late brother, Laurence Tisch, had purchased in 1959 when it was known as Loews Theaters, a theater chain. The company changed its name to Loews Corp. in 1971 and currently owns and operates Loews Hotels, the Lorillard Tobacco Co. and 97 percent of Bulova Corp., among other interests.

Tisch was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in 2004 and had curtailed his regular visits to Giants practices and games.

He headed numerous civic and charitable organizations in New York City, including the New York Chamber of Commerce and Industry from 1990-93, and the Citizens Committee for the Democratic national conventions held in New York in 1976 and 1980. He was appointed the city's ambassador to Washington in 1980 by Mayor David Dinkins, and held the post until 1993.


RIP Mr. Tisch

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