JOHN PHILIP THOMPSON

DALLAS -- John Philip Thompson, the former 7-Eleven chairman and chief executive officer and the son of the chain's founder, died of brain cancer last week at age 77, the company said. Under Thompson's leadership, the company expanded tenfold and introduced such products as the Slurpee and the Big Gulp. Thompson became president and CEO of the company, formerly called Southland Corp., in 1961 and

DALLAS -- John Philip Thompson, the former 7-Eleven chairman and chief executive officer and the son of the chain's founder, died of brain cancer last week at age 77, the company said. Under Thompson's leadership, the company expanded tenfold and introduced such products as the Slurpee and the Big Gulp. Thompson became president and CEO of the company, formerly called Southland Corp., in 1961 and was named chairman in 1969. He retired in 1996.

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