Evelyn Lauder

When I joined the Este Lauder Companies 21 years ago, part of my orientation included having tea with Evelyn Lauder. From the moment I met her, I understood what it meant to work for a family: that the brand, the company and the family were one and the same. Evelyn, who passed away Nov. 12 at 75, built the business alongside her husband Leonard and Este Lauder. A former New York City schoolteacher, Evelyn was vital in developing the company's unique training and education programs.

Evelyn wanted everyone she met to truly be part of her family. She loved her work...