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Elie Roger Passes Away

Posted: November 24, 2010

Firmenich’s distinguished master perfumer Elie Roger passed away on Nov. 19, 2010.

Roger began his perfumer training in 1946 in Grasse, France, where he was born. He joined Firmenich in 1971 as a perfumer based in the company’s New York City offices, and in 1978 was nominated as master perfumer. After spending 1985 working in Paris, Roger returned to the United States in 1986, where he worked until his retirement in July 1991. In 2001, he received the American Society of Perfumers' Lifetime Achievement Award.

Roger’s esteemed career was marked by the creation of several perfumes that are still considered modern classics today, including Knowing (1988), and Clinique Wrappings (1990). Karyn Khoury, senior vice president of corporate fragrance development worldwide for The Estee Lauder Companies, said, “Elie was a gentleman in the truest sense of the word. Kind, collaborative and so giving of his talent and expertise, he had the soul of an artist blended with a wonderful sense of humor, which made working with him an absolute delight and resulted in incredible creations like Estee Lauder Knowing. We will miss Elie both as a talented creative partner and a dear friend.”

In his own words, Roger once said in an interview with the New York Times, "As perfumers, we must have a lot of imagination; we must be dreamers sometimes."

He is survived by his wife, Louisiane, his daughter, Odile, his grandson Adrien and his son-in-law Michel Bongi.