Dr. Phil Rutkin, a longtime beauty industry executive, has died at the age of 83.
The cause was congestive heart failure. He died at home on Long Island early in the morning of Jan. 12.
Most recently, Rutkin served as senior vice president of research and development for Boom Creative Development, a custom brand development company for fragrances, where he worked on accounts like Abercrombie & Fitch, Fossil and American Eagle.
A colleague noted that Rutkin was known in the industry as “Dr. Phil” because of his doctorate degree in organic chemistry from New York University.
Rutkin started his career in 1957 with Faberge, and was a senior vice president at The Estée Lauder Cos. for over 15 years. Prior to his position with Boom, he was vice president at Gryphon Development, another brand development firm for fragrance and beauty products. It folded in 2004. He worked on accounts such as The Limited and Bath & Body Works.
He worked up until his death, and is survived by his wife Marlene and four children.
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Services will be held on Friday, Jan. 13 at 10:00 a.m. at Chabad of Great Neck, 400 East Shore Road, in Great Neck, New York.