The Central Ohio business community has lost a familiar face and name. Retail pioneer Alton F. Doody died March 2 in Columbus at age 76.

After earning degrees from Ohio Wesleyan University and Ohio State University in the 1950s and '60s, Doody earned a reputation as somewhat of a jack-of-all-trades, working as an OSU marketing professor as well as in the retail, death care and restaurant industries.

Doody was a co-founder of Management Horizons and founder of the Doody Company, which spawned retail design firms such as Chute Gerdeman and Retail Planning Associates.

Doody's legacy also includes helping to launch Lindey's with ex-wife Sue Doody and their eldest son, Rick. Brothers Rick and Chris Doody are well-known for building Bravo Development Inc. Doody daughters Trish Elkind and Beth Anderson also did well, starting Pet People and working as a personal trainer, respectively.

Read the obituary in The Time-Picayune from New Orleans here: http://obits.nola.com/obituaries/nola/obituary.aspx?n=alton-frederick-doody&pid=149080305

You'll find more about Doody's life and legacy in an upcomingissue of Columbus C.E.O.