Tom Carvel, the 84-year-old founder and former chairman of the ice-cream store chain that bears his name, died Sunday at his home in New York state, his doctor said.

Physician Robert Athans said Carvel died at home in Pine Plains, N.Y.Carvel, who was born in Greece, invented a machine to turn out soft ice cream, the first of more than 300 patents, copyrights and trademarks that he initiated.