CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) _ Paul K. ``Pat'' Brock, chairman of Brach and Brock Confections, retired Thursday as expected after a 38-year career in the candy business.

Brach and Brock earlier this month announced Brock would retire.

Brock, 63, is the last of the third generation of his family to leave the company, which was founded in 1906 by his grandfather, William E. Brock. Paul Brock's four sons remain associated with the company.

Brock served as president of Brach and Brock's predecessor, Brock Candy Co., which was acquired by E.J. Brach Co. of Chicago last year for $140 million.

Brach and Brock sells more than 70 varieties of hard-sugar, chocolate and candies in the nation's grocery, drug and discount stores.

The chairman's position will remain vacant. President and chief executive Kevin Martin will continue to run the company as he has since the acquistion.