Kermit Adler, a former creative director at Lord & Taylor, died June 17 from a blood clot and a stroke, according to Frank Tartaglia, a friend and former colleague. Adler was 80.
Adler had quadruple bypass cardiac surgery on May 21. Up until his death, he was at Bethel Health Care Center in Bethel, Conn., undergoing rehabilitation.
Born in New York City, Adler graduated from the High School of Music and Art and then Parsons School of Design. He attended Mexico's Escuela de Bellas Artes, an experience that left a marked influence on his sun-kissed palette and lush, Impressionistic painting style. His career at Lord & Taylor began as an art director and illustrator in the advertising department in the early Fifties. He later became co-creative director, a position he shared with his wife, Patricia.
Adler was also a watercolor painter, exhibiting in one-man and group shows.
He left L&T to become an art director at Saks Fifth Avenue in 1962, and about a year later, became an art consultant for about a decade before returning to L&T as an art director and creative director. He also held the title of vice president at the store. He retired from L&T in 1989.
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