NEW YORK — George Trescher, an event planner who organized the parties and funerals of Manhattan society for more than three decades, died Thursday afternoon of complications arising from emphysema. He was 77.

Through his firm George Trescher Associates, founded in 1972, Trescher seated a mix of socialites, media moguls and fashion figures next to each other at events ranging from the CFDA awards to Caroline Kennedy’s wedding to a plethora of benefits. When he wasn’t planning parties, he was attending them — most likely with good friend Brooke Astor on his arm.

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