Lloyd Cotsen was in Zuma Beach in Malibu, California when he inadvertently filmed a quite extraordinary mountain collapse at Point Dume that extended into an adjacent parking lot.
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The students who have never had a chance to meet him should know that this was a man who paired business acumen with wisdom and a great sense of humor.
In 1997 Ernestine Elster wrote an archaeological biography, honoring Lloyd Cotsen, and she expresses his love for archaeology better than we ever could. Hanging on the wall of the small museum at the prehistoric site of Lerna in the Peloponnesel are a series of drawings of architectural features from the site signed by the architectural draftsman, Lloyd E. Examining these professional renderings on a visit to Lerna back in 1965, my husband, Sandy, and I had the first inkling of the depth of Lloyd Cotsen’s involvement in archaeology.
Stolaroff began importing the soap to the US and tasked his son-in-law with developing sales strategies.
By 1962 the amber-coloured glycerine soap was selling well enough for the company, Natone, to be renamed after it.
In 1953 Lloyd Cotsen married Joanne Stolaroff, whose father ran a cosmetics business that started as a supplier to Hollywood beauty salons.
Emanuel Stolaroff stumbled on a soap developed by a Belgian chemist that left minimal residue and was said to be so gentle that the p H balance on the user’s skin would return to normal in 11 minutes.
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After Princeton, he spent three years in the Navy during the Korean War — it was in Japan that he purchased his first Japanese bamboo basket, which eventually grew into a collection of more than 900 baskets.