Erik Mortensen, 72, Was Designer For Scherrer
NEW YORK — Erik Mortensen, a leading fashion designer who worked for the houses of Jean-Louis Scherrer and Pierre Balmain, died Tuesday. He was 72.
He had been suffering from skin cancer for many years, according to press reports.
Born in Denmark, Mortensen was best known for his elegant, classic approach to fashion with a feminine accent. He often used opulent fabrics such as silk taffeta and ruffles.
Mortensen trained under one of Denmark’s most prominent fashion designers, Holger Blum. In 1948, he moved to Paris where he was hired by Balmain as an assistant. He was chief designer at Balmain from 1982 to 1990. In December 1992, Mortensen was named the couturier at Scherrer, following the firing of Jean-Louis Scherrer. Mortensen was replaced in 1994 by Bernard Perris, who left last fall.
NEW YORK — Murray Maxwell, a principal at Bernard Sands Credit Consulting Inc., died June 20th at North Shore Hospital, Glen Cove, N.Y. He was 63.
The cause of death was lung cancer, according to Jim Rice, national director of credit at Sands.
Maxwell had been with Sands since 1953. He is survived by his wife, Marlene; two children, Jeffrey and Ann, and five grandchildren.