Kurt Salmon, 69, the chairman and founder of Kurt Salmon Associates Inc. management consultants, died Wednesday at Georgetown University Hospital of complications following a heart attack.
Mr. Salmon was born in Cologne, Germany, and attended the University of Cologne and the Textile School of Chemnitz, Germany, before coming to this country in 1930.
He worked as a stylist, engineer and plant manager for a Nashville hosiery corporation before founding his consulting firm, which he established in Washington in about 1940.
The firm, consultants to the textile and garment industries, also has offices in New York City and in Atlanta, as well as seven branch offices in Europe.
Mr. Salmon was credited with introducing new systems for organizing production in apparel sewing rooms and innovations that improved distribution, marketing and information systems within the textile and garment industries.
He was a founder and former director of the Institute of Management Consultants and a past president of the Association of Consulting Management Engineers.
Upon his retirement as chairman of the board in 1974, the Kurt Salmon Chair of Apparel Management was established at the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science.
In recent years, he was a special advisor to the Department of Commerce and the Office of Management and Budget.
Earlier this year, Mr. Salmon received the North American Conference of Management Consultants award for excellence.
Survivors include his wife, Lula Maye, of the home in Washington; two daughters, Eleanor Chartrand, of Chevy Chase, and Larrine Abolt, of Burtonsville; two sons, Douglas, of Leonia, N.J., and Thomas, of New York City; a sister, Lotte Aron, of Cape Cod, and eight grandchildren.