NEW YORK — Donald E. Breitinger, 69, a former women’s apparel designer, died April 4 in Stuart Circle Hospital in Richmond, Va. The cause of death was a brain tumor, according to a friend, Howard Lawrence.

Breitinger spent 21 years as the head designer at Harold Levine Inc., a manufacturer of daytime and cocktail dresses no longer in operation. He joined the firm around 1961.

For 10 years, Breitinger had been assistant professor of fashion design at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

Earlier in his career, he had worked in design with several other women’s apparel manufacturers, including Hannah Troy and Samuel Winston.

Breitinger had no immediate survivors. A private memorial service is planned.

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