RAPHAEL B. MALSIN
NEW YORK — Raphael B. Malsin, former longtime head of Lane Bryant, died Friday at his home in Harrison, N.Y., at age 95.
The special-size chain was started by his mother, and Malsin became its chief executive officer in 1938. He held the post until 1972 but remained a director.
The company was later involved in bitter litigation between Malsin and his half-brother, Arthur Malsin, and in 1982, the chain was sold to The Limited, which continues to operate it as a separate unit.
Malsin was a past chairman of the National Retail Merchants Association, now known as the National Retail Federation.
Surviving are his wife, Elaine; three sons, Steve, Peter and Scott, and a daughter, Amy.