NEW YORK — Lawrence E. Heller, the former president and chief executive officer of Carleton Woolen Mills, died Oct. 1 at a hospital near his home in Langhorne, Pa. He was 60.

The cause of death was cancer.

After graduating from the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, Heller began his textile career with the woolen division of J.P. Stevens & Co., which traced its roots back to 1813.

Heller moved to Carleton Woolen Mills in 1971, where he spent the rest of his career. Over the years, Heller served as a vice president of styling and marketing before becoming an executive vice president.

In 1994, he was named president and chief operating officer. A year later, Heller became ceo, taking over from Arthur M. Spiro, who had held the position since 1980. Heller’s stint as ceo ended in 2000, when Carleton’s parent company, Allied Textiles Co., closed the business.

Heller is survived by his wife, Lois; a son; a daughter, and two grandchildren.

This story first appeared in the October 10, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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