NEW YORK — Arthur Dery, a retired apparel executive whose career spanned half a century, died Wednesday at his home in Lyndhurst, Ohio. He was 95.
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The cause of death was heart failure, according to the family.
Dery started his career in apparel manufacturing, joining Federal Knitting Mill in Cleveland as a floor sweeper and later rose to head foreman. In 1935, Dery went to work for Cleveland-based Excelsior Knitting Mills as superintendent, a term used for a financial overseer, to try to save the firm from bankruptcy. There was an agreement that if he could save the company, he would then receive half of the stock ownership, according his son, Kenneth.
Dery was able to keep the business afloat and eventually bought out his remaining partners and became the sole owner.
In 1949, Dery started designing and manufacturing under his own label, Dalton. The company became known for fine cashmere sweaters and matching woven skirts and later as a maker of knitted coordinated sportswear.
“The company finally closed in 1987, the victim of a shift to worldwide manufacturing in emerging countries and the decline in coordinated sportswear,” said Kenneth Dery, who had been in charge of production at the firm.
In addition to his son Kenneth, Dery is survived by his wife, Elsie; two other sons, Robert and James, and 10 grandchildren.