Allan S. Lerner ’51
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Allan Stuart Lerner, a former president (1980-1996) of Ack-Tie Lining Inc., a division of Collins and Aikman Inc. in New York City, as well as a former President (1965-1975) of Superba Inc. died on October 25th in Boynton Beach, Florida. He had respiratory IPF. Born in Rochester, N.Y. August 15, 1929, he grew up in Buffalo, N.Y. and was a graduate of the Nichols School (1947) as well as Amherst College (1951). He also attended The Harvard Law School and has been a member of The Harvard Club of NYC for over 30 years. From 1996 to 2006, Lerner founded and successfully operated ASL Consulting/21 working with and for key organizations, as well as serving on the Robert Talbott Inc. Board of Directors for nine years in Carmel, CA. He adored both the now deceased Audrey and Robe rt Talbott and was deeply honored by his election.
Long active in the Men’s Wear Industry, Lerner was a past president and director of both the Men’s Neckwear Association and the Fathers Day/Mothers Day Council, both organizations with strong retail mission statements and raising substantial funds for important charitable causes.
Lerner is survived by two daughters and one son: Caryn Lerner of New York, Dana Hoffman of Clarence, NY and Eric Lerner of Woodinville, WA; as well as five grandchildren: Kyle Allan and Jenna Evelyn Bergman of New York, Dylan Lerner Hoffman of Clarence, NY, and Kyra Bikki and Ari Sage Lerner of Woodinville, WA. In addition, two sisters survive him: Mrs. Gloria Tenner of Princeton, NJ and Mrs. Joan Hayman of Boca Raton, FL. Lerner’s former wife (1956-1974) Evelyn Bikki Swados pre-deceased him. Hilary Bergman, Amy Sage Lerner and Jeffrey Tenner are also dear family, as was the late Robert Hayman.
At Amherst, Lerner was a member of Psi Upsilon, Sphinx, Scarab, Student Council, The Amherst Student, Class President and Agent and as Chairman of the Alumni Fund was honored by both The Distinguished Service Award and The Amherst College Medal for Eminent Service in 1966. He was also President of both the Managerial and Automotive Associations.
In addition to Men’s Industry organizations and activities, Lerner served as a trustee at the Nichols School in Buffalo, NY. He was also a past President of the City Club of Rochester, NY, Trustee of TV Channel WXXI Public Broadcasting, Monroe County Boy Scout Council, Trustee of Temple Broth Kodesh, and an active member of the Rochester Tennis Club.
As a Florida resident since 1996 living at Quail Ridge Country Club in Boynton Beach, FL, he maintained his 60 years of tennis competition and world travels, but liked to say, “My family means the most to me, children extraordinary; BUT grandchildren, as they say in NY C, forgetaboutit!!! They are the icing and chocolate at THE VERY TOP OF THE CAKE.
Donations to Amherst College and/or the Nichols School are welcome. A celebration of Lerner’s life will take place at the Riverside Memorial Chapel in NYC on November 11th at 2 pm.