Cora Grayer, a marketing executive for numerous beauty companies, died at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York on Jan. 8 as a result of complications from surgery. She was 52.

This story first appeared in the January 15, 2010 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Grayer, a professional singer and pianist during the late Seventies, most recently worked as executive director of international product marketing at Natura Brasil from 2006 to 2008.

But her longest stint in the beauty industry came when she worked for Origins, the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc.-owned brand, as director of global marketing.

She began working there in 2000, helping to grow the brand’s skin care business. She also worked on the launch of the brand’s Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins wellness line, as well as other skin care products.

Prior to joining Origins, Grayer held positions at Coty, Borghese, Donna Karan Beauty Co., Parfums Nina Ricci and Lancôme.

Born in Brooklyn on March 30, 1957, Grayer grew up there and spent most of her life in New York. She is survived by her husband, Mathew Grayer; her mother, Sylvia Rosenthal, and brothers Eric and Miles Rosenthal.

Donations in her name can be made to Cancer Care or the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.

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