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NYT: Former Del Labs CEO, Dan Wassong, dies at 84


NEW YORK — Former chairman, president and CEO of Del Laboratories, Dan Wassong, died on Jan. 1 at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, according to an obituary in The New York Times. He was 84 years old.

Wassong was born in Warsaw, Poland and grew up in what would become Israel in 1939. He eventually served in the Irgun before coming to the United States in 1950 to continue his education at Case Western Reserve.

Wassong joined Del Labs in 1965, climbing the ranks to become president and CEO in 1969, and subsequently added the title of chairman. He continued to lead as chairman, president and CEO until he sold the company in 2004.

At Del Labs, Wassong was credited with building the Sally Hansen nail care brand into a mass-market leader.

He is survived by his partner of 14 years, Barbara; former wife, Lisa; their son, David; David's partner Cynthia and their two children, Chloe and Dylan; as well Kirsten and Jonathan Haley; and their three children, Azlyn, Lilah and Griffin.

Services are scheduled for Jan. 13 at 11 a.m. at Temple Emanu-El, Fifth Ave. at 65th St in New York City.

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