Harold Alfond, the American shoe worker who founded Dexter, died on Nov. 16 from complications related to prostate cancer at the age of 93. The son of Russian immigrants, he worked with his father at the Kesslen Shoe Company. He then bought a factory in Maine in 1940 where he found the Norrwock Shoe Company. He bought another plant in 1958 that became Dexter Shoe Company, which he sold to Berkshire Hathaway for more than $400 million 35 years later. He left Dexter when the company merged with another Berkshire property, HH Brown Shoe Company, in 2001.