WASHINGTON — Robert Verdisco, former president of the International Mass Retail Association, died last week at his home of complications from cancer. He was 60.
Verdisco led IMRA from 1990 until his retirement in 2002, a period of great expansion and consolidation for the discount retail industry. Before becoming president, Verdisco was the association’s vice president for government relations.
Earlier in his career, Verdisco served as an adviser to two chairmen of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, as an antitrust attorney for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and as an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition.
Verdisco received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Penn State University in State College, Pa., and a law degree from George Washington University here.
A private burial is planned for Verdisco, who is survived by his wife, Pat; a daughter, Liz; a son, Matt; two sisters, Laurie Verdisco and Maryann Voight; a brother, George, and a grandson, Conner.