NEW YORK — A memorial service will be held on Aug. 2 for John Fling, a vice president of package design worldwide in the Estée Lauder division of the Estée Lauder Cos.

Fling died suddenly at home in the Jackson Heights section of Queens, N.Y., on Tuesday after a brief illness. He was 52.

He had joined Lauder in 1995 after working for 18 years as a top designer at Tiffany & Co., beginning in 1977.

Prior to beginning his career, Fling had received his undergraduate college degree in fine arts and art history at the University of South Florida. He pursued graduate studies in communications design at Pratt Institute.

Janet Cook, president of Estée Lauder North America, said, “John was particularly gifted in capturing the style and sophistication of the brand in its product design. He was an inspiring colleague —and a wonderful friend — to all of us who worked with him. He will be remembered for his gentle nature, professionalism and passion for excellence.”

He is survived by a brother, Edward; a sister-in-law, Anne, and their two children.

The memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Aug. 2 in Hines Rinaldi Funeral Home at 11800 New Hampshire Ave., Dover Springs, Md.

This story first appeared in the July 30, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.