Charles “Charlie” Fox, industry veteran, mentor and Cosmetics & Toiletries (C&T) magazine columnist, passed away on Saturday, April 24, 2010, at the age of 90. Fox was an independent consultant to the cosmetics and personal care industry. Prior to that, he served as director of product development for the personal products division of Warner-Lambert Company. He is a past recipient of the Cosmetic Industry Buyers and Suppliers Award and the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) Medal Award. Fox also served as president of the SCC.
Fox mentored many in the cosmetics industry. “Charlie was a mentor, an educator and a friend to many of us in the SCC and the cosmetic industry at large,” wrote Paul Thau of PaCar Tech. “He made significant contributions in many areas. I was fortunate to have known and learned from him. He shared his knowledge, wisdom and kindness with many of us.”
“[This is] another great loss to all in the cosmetic industry (and beyond),” added Stanley Milstein of the US Food and Drug Administration. “Many of us who were not among his ‘inner circle’ of friends and colleagues nonetheless learned of his many encyclopedic contributions to cosmetic science—either through coursework during our degree programs, literature, or his monthly C&T magazine columns (which, amazingly, continued up until the time of his passing).”
Fox once told Rachel Grabenhofer, senior editor of C&T magazine, “I will write for Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine until the day I die,” a promise he kept. Grabenhofer added, “He also knew how to teach an editor a thing or two about chemistry. I’ll miss those lessons.”
Following is Fox’s final “Technically Speaking” column, which he said is “from Charlie, in heaven.” The staff at C&T magazine is eternally grateful for Fox’s contribution to the publication and will miss his wit and passion.
Fox is survived by his son, Martin (Robin); daughters Ellen and Diane Fox-Kossoff; sisters Anne Frankfort and Sheila Fuchs; and grandsons Gregory and Harrison.