NEW YORK — Lorraine Epstein, market specialist for women’s accessories at The Doneger Group, died Thursday from cancer.

Epstein, 51, joined Doneger in 1990 when it acquired her employer, Atlas Buying Corp. At Doneger, she worked with the company’s retail clients, advising and helping them build their merchandise assortments.

"That was her functional responsibility," said Abbey Doneger, president. "She also presented and represented the company in a very professional way. She was a very caring, involved person who would go out of her way to help anybody at any time."

Epstein was involved in philanthropic activities. She had been a chairwoman for the Anti-Defamation League.

Abe Chehebar, chief executive of Accessory Network, said, "She definitely helped me in the early years when I was starting my company. She had a reputation, of knowledge, expertise and experience, and always cared about people."

Epstein is survived by her sister Amy, brother Mark, sister-in-law, Lynn, and three nephews, Jason, Eric and Scott.

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