CHICAGO - Edward A. Brennan, who became chairman and chief executive of
Mr. Brennan became chief executive at Sears in 1986, when the company was at its peak as the nation's largest retailer and as the parent of such financial companies as
When he retired in 1995, Sears had lost much of its dominance to
Edward A. Brennan was born Jan. 16, 1934, in Chicago. He began working as a Sears salesman in Madison, Wis., in 1956 after graduating from Marquette University. Mr. Brennan's grandfather, father, and several uncles had worked at Sears.