NEW YORK — Milton Bloom, former executive director of the Affiliated Dress Manufacturers Association, died Tuesday at NYU Hospital. He was 89.
The cause of death was an infection, according to his son, Howard Bloom, president and founder of Chetta B, a women's apparel manufacturer here.
Bloom was born in 1918 in Minneapolis, but was raised in New York City. He was graduated from New York University with a business degree. He was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II and served six years. While there, he attained the rank of sergeant and was the recipient of the Silver Star and Purple Heart.
After the military, Bloom joined the Affiliated Dress Manufacturers Association, which would become his first and only job.
Bloom, who was instrumental in labor management negotiations on Seventh Avenue, worked at the association for 50 years bargaining collectively with the union for its members. Every three years, he negotiated new union contracts. During its heyday in the Sixties and Seventies, the Affiliated Dress Manufacturers Association represented better-priced manufacturers and designers such as Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, Anne Klein and Adele Simpson. Bloom retired from the association about 12 years ago.
"He was very well liked and worked hard for his membership," said his son. "He certainly was a personal adviser with his vast knowledge. He was a help to me." He said his father enjoyed weekends playing golf with friends and family or at the racetrack.
In addition to his son, Bloom is survived by his wife, Lorraine; daughter, Sherrie, who is the designer at Chetta B; daughter-in-law, Frieda, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
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