Funeral services were held Monday for Robert J. Cassou, whose cosmetics career culminated in management and sales positions at what is now L’Oréal USA.
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Following a five-and-a-half-year struggle with lung cancer, Cassou died Sept. 10 at home in Castle Rock, Colo. He was 65. His wife, Barbara, is planning a memorial service to be held in the near future at the chapel of Fordham University in New York.
Cassou’s career in the cosmetics industry spanned 28 years, beginning at Chanel in 1972. He moved to Parfums Stern in the mid-Eighties before joining Cosmair, now L’Oréal USA, in 1988. He served as senior vice president of sales and then general manager of the European Fragrance Division. Cassou later became deputy general manager and senior vice president of sales for the Lancôme division. He then spent a couple years with hair-care manufacturer Matrix.
In 2003, he moved to Colorado to pursue new business opportunities and a better quality of life. He was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in 2008. During his treatment, he participated in fund-raisers and even made a commercial to promote lung cancer awareness. His final goal was to attend his youngest daughter Nicole’s high school graduation, which he did in May.
Born in New York, he was raised in Paramus, N.J., and won a basketball scholarship to Fordham. In addition to Barbara, he is survived by a second daughter Christine and son Alex.