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Karen Klok Anderegg Dies at 70

Memorial services are being planned for the former editor in chief of Elle magazine and president of Clinique Laboratories.

A series of memorial services are being planned for Karen Klok Anderegg, a former editor in chief of Elle magazine and president of Clinique Laboratories Inc. She died at home in Palm Springs, Calif., on Dec. 27, eight days after her 70th birthday. The cause of death was identified as ovarian cancer.

Anderegg’s editorial career began in 1963 at Vogue, where she was a copywriter, before moving to Mademoiselle in 1971, first as a copy editor and then as managing editor. Anderegg returned to Vogue in 1980 as an associate editor. In 1985, she launched the U.S. edition of Elle, which within two years won National Magazine Awards for general excellence and for design.

The next phase of her career began in October 1987, when Anderegg became president of Clinique, a division of the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. that is now considered the biggest prestige beauty brand in the world. She led the business until March 1992.

“Karen was not only a dear friend, but one of the most valuable members of Estée Lauder Cos.’ management team,” said Leonard A. Lauder, chairman emeritus. “The five years she spent leading Clinique was a brilliant period for us all. We will miss her deeply.”

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After leaving Clinique, Anderegg relocated to Portland, Ore., with her husband, William D. Rutherford, president of a New York-based investment firm and a former treasurer of Oregon.

Anderegg had been born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and graduated from Stanford University before moving to New York.

In Portland, she served on the board of the Oregon Symphony among other organizations. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Margit Anderegg, and grandchildren Augie and Axel; her sister, Kathryn Miller; a nephew, F. Jackson Lewis, and family, and her husband’s children — Mel and Wayne Rutherford. Memorial services are now being planned in Palm Springs, Portland, New York and Council Bluffs, where her body will be interred.