Dear Editor:

My family really enjoyed the listing for my father, LeRoy Klowden (inventor of the self-service shoe department), in your year-end “Little Deaths” section [December 26]. Sam Walton once acknowledged that the merchandising ideas he gave him were essential to the early success of Wal-Mart. He was a man of many accomplishments and it’s nice to have his most notable one remembered. He would have gotten a kick out of it. Thanks.

Joyce Klowden Porter

Oak Park