NEW YORK — Edward Phillip LeVeen Jr., who headed Carleton Woolen Mills for almost half a century, died Thursday at Hilton Head Regional Medical Center in Hilton Head, S.C. He was 92.

In 1934, LeVeen took over management of Carleton Mills, which had been closed during the Great Depression, and built it into a sizable textile concern with operations in Rochdale, Mass., and Winthrop, Maine. He continued to run the company, which has since closed its doors, until retiring in 1983.

LeVeen also was a founding director of the Northern Textile Association, a trade group that has since changed its name to the National Textile Association.

He is survived by four sons, Edward P., Timothy C., Thomas U. and Jonathan L., and five grandchildren.

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