Combe co-founder dies
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
Mary Elizabeth Deming Combe, who co-founded Combe Inc. with her husband Ivan Combe, died Sept. 20 in Greenwich, Conn., at age 94. The privately held White Plains, N.Y.-based firm makes skin care brand Lanacane, Cepacol lozenges and Vagisil feminine itch care products. Ivan Combe, who died in January 2000, served 35 years on the board of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association through several of the trade group's incarnations (1"The Tan Sheet" Jan. 17, 2000). The couple's son Chris Combe is chairman and CEO of the company, and Chris Combe's daughter Keech Combe Shetty is global director of Combe Inc.'s feminine care category
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