NEW YORK — Walter Gerson, 69, a former designer with several dress firms here, died Feb. 29th at his home in Manhattan.
The cause of death was cancer, according to Howard Lawrence, a friend.
After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 1949, Gerson spent a year with Ben Barrack, a dress manufacturer, as a sketcher. Afterward, he was a designer at Murray Zenkel, another dress house, for about 10 years and later was at various dress firms, including R&K, Nancy Greer and Baron Peters.
In 1985, Gerson went to work at FIT as a part-time adjunct instructor in the fashion design department. A year later, he became assistant to the director of community resources, a post he held until 1993. Most recently, Gerson was coordinator of special programs at FIT.
Surviving is a sister, Hilda Cohen.

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