New York Times

Having fled Europe during the Nazi Regime, Evelyn Hausner settled into a relatively ordinary life with her parents (the owners of a dress shop chain), and attended public school on the west side of Manhattan. It was during her collegiate years at Hunter College that she met a naval officer trainee, Leonard Lauder, on a blind date. The couple fell in love and married four years later. Meanwhile, Lauder’s family was growing a beauty empire that would later be internationally recognized as the Estée Lauder brand.

Evelyn, a working mother at the time, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1989 and later diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007 – an ailment that she would battle for the remainder of her life. She founded the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Pink Ribbon campaign, both of which will carry Evelyn’s legacy after her passing on November 12, at the age of 75.

The New York Times published this article reflecting on Evelyn’s life, career, and marriage to Mr. Lauder. She is remembered by her husband, two sons, five grandchildren and the bevy of women and families she has touched over the years through her advocacy.

The full contents of the article was originally published by the New York Times on November 12, 2011.

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