Remembering Leonard Mozer
| Leonard "Len" Mozer, who served as window fashions editor for LDB Interior
Textiles for more than 15 years, died at age 88 on Aug. 30, 2014, in New York from
complications following numerous surgeries.
A native of Chicago, IL, Len was born on April 26, 1926 to Rose and Morris Mozer.
He served the U.S. Army in World War II, where he was a cryptographic technician
(code breaker) and received a victory medal in the Asiatic Pacific Theater, three
overseas service bars and a good conduct medal.
After the war, he studied under the G.I. Bill of Rights at the University of Iowa,
earning a B.A. degree. He began his journalism career in the 1950s at the Cedar
Rapids Gazette, but then moved back to Chicago. Eventually, he segued into public
relations and advertising, working with The Tea Council, The Wool Bureau, The
Carpet and Rug Institute, and later in New York with Karastan Carpet and the Rug
Division of Fieldcrest Mills as director of advertising.
Len was a talented writer and worked for numerous public relations firms with a
focus on home furnishings industry, as well as others. He continued as an
independent consultant for many private companies and media.
His articles for LDB Interior Textiles were richly detailed and accurate—his writing,
thoughtful and creative—enriched by the wide network of resources and industry
colleagues he had established. Len's expertise enabled him to serve as a judge for
the Window Covering Manufacturers Association's (WCMA) Product Awards in 13 of
the 24 annual programs—from 1996 through 1998 and 2002 through 2011. His
contributions will be missed by his friends and colleagues.
Len was interred at The Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, CA, after a
military service. He is survived by his sister, Lorraine Aprill of Los Angeles; his niece,
Ellen Aprill of Los Angeles, and his nephew, Arnold Aprill of Chicago. The family has
asked that if someone would like to make a donation, please do so to a favorite
charity in Len's name.
Marv Hopkins, chairman and ceo, Hunter Douglas Inc., reflects, "With Len Mozer's
passing, the window fashions industry has lost a great friend and an articulate
advocate. The breadth of his knowledge and understanding was remarkable and
resulted in reporting that was always stimulating and insightful. All of us at Hunter
Douglas are saddened and extend our heartfelt condolences to his family."
Philippa Gold, publisher of LDB Interior Textiles, concludes, "Len was very
knowledgeable about many things, but I always called him ‘the encyclopedia of
window fashions’. He could recall when any window product was introduced and
what company introduced it. When he served as a judge for WCMA, he would inform
the rest of the judges (and me) that it had really been introduced in a slightly
different version years earlier, so it didn’t qualify as new.
"He was passionate about the industry and relished the special relationships he
had with key industry executives, who loved to talk to him off the record about
innovation and window fashions," Gold says. "Everyone in the window industry knew
that Len was 'the man'."