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Allan Stuart Lerner, 81, a former president of Superba Inc. and Ack-Tie Lining Inc., and a fixture in the men’s wear industry, died Monday at his home in Boynton Beach, Fla. He suffered from respiratory idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a lung disorder.
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Born in Rochester, N.Y., Lerner grew up in Buffalo and graduated from Amherst College in 1951. He attended Harvard Law School and was a member of the Harvard Club of New York City for more than 30 years.
Lerner joined Superba in 1953 as a salesman for the Southwest region and was named the company’s vice president of sales in 1958. He was elevated to president in 1965, a post he held for 10 years.
After leaving Superba, which was based in Rochester, Lerner worked with Caron International as well as Manhattan Industries, where he was vice president of men’s neckwear and accessories. In 1980, he joined Ack-Tie Lining, a division of Collins & Aikman Inc., as president, where he remained until 1996. After leaving Ack-Tie, he founded ASL Consulting, working on special projects for companies in the apparel industry. He also served on the board of Robert Talbott Inc. for nine years.
Lerner was a past president and director of the Men’s Neckwear Association and the Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council. He was also a trustee at the Nichols School in Buffalo, a past president of the City Club of Rochester, a trustee of PBS in New York and a member of the Rochester Tennis Club.
He is survived by two daughters, Caryn Lerner, the former chief executive officer of Holt Renfrew, and Dana Hoffman; a son, Eric Lerner, five grandchildren and two sisters. A celebration of Lerner’s life will take place at 2 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 West 76th Street, Manhattan.