Industry leader and founder of CA Botana, Dr. Dieter Kuster, passed away unexpectedly at the beginning of March 2018. Kuster was affectionately known as the “Einstein of Emulsion Technology.” With glowing skin and not a wrinkle or line on his face, he was his own best example of his innovative skin care research, which resulted in many new or advanced products and treatments. Kuster was young at heart, in appearance,…

In Memoriam: Joel Gerson – AIA Academy of Legends 1987

Written by by Annette Hanson, founder of Atelier Esthétique Institute, inducted into the AIA Academy of Legends in 2009
On January 31, 2018, we gathered together to celebrate the life of Joel Gerson – my friend, my colleague, and my neighbor. He passed away at age 83 after a wonderful life and groundbreaking career in aesthetics. Joel Gerson was a prolific representative of the aesthetics industry. In addition to having been an inspiration to countless incoming students, he was an international ambassador of American aesthetics. His influence reached every…
To those who knew her, to those who learned from her, and those who worked with her, Barbara Salomone embodied a complete and total passion for aesthetics.
Bioelements Professional Skin Care is heartbroken to announce the passing of its founder and owner, industry leader Barbara Salomone, after an ongoing illness. Salomone passed away peacefully in her California home, with her husband Ross at her side. "There are no words to express our sadness,” said Salomone’s brother and CEO of the company, Bob Schatz. “Barbara treated all employees like family – many of whom have been a part…
Bonnie Day (Nottingham) Brolliar, 89, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 3, 2016 from complications of Alzheimer's disease. She was preceded in death by her husband, Boyd, and son, Bill. She is survived by four children, Susan, Pam, Rob, and Tim, and her 15 grandchildren. Day was a staunch advocate of education and worked for Aesthetics International Association for many years. Before retiring, she founded and ran the American Aesthetician's…
Carin M. Scott graduated in 1960 from the Medical Aesthetician School in Hamburg, Germany and had over 50 years of experience in the industry of aesthetics.
Margarita Saian, a state-certified educator, ambassador of the Aesthetic International Association, and a skin care veteran of over 20 years, passed away on September 29th, 2015 after a two and a half year battle with grade IV glioblastoma.
Christine Valmy, founder of Christine Valmy International School of Esthetics, passed away January 18th, 2015 in Bucharest, Romania. The skin care icon, who was most recognized for founding the first licensed school of esthetics in the United States, dedicated her life to youth and the ultimate in skin care. She was considered by many as ‘the Frist Lady of Esthetics’ and the pioneering architect of the esthetics profession in America.
Christine Valmy, founder of Christine Valmy International School of Esthetics, passed away January 18th, 2015 in Bucharest, Romania. The skin care icon, who was most recognized for founding the first licensed school of esthetics in the United States, dedicated her life to youth and the ultimate in skin care. She was considered by many as ‘the Frist Lady of Esthetics’ and the pioneering architect of the esthetics profession in America.
Bioelements is heartbroken to announce the passing of Pat Rambo-Rucka, long-time skin care industry veteran and national sales manager of the professional skin care brand. "Words cannot begin to express how saddened we are at the loss of Pat. Our entire company is grieving," said Bioelements founder and CEO Barbara Salomone. A pivotal and integral part of the Bioelements sales team for 20 years, Rambo-Rucka devoted her professional life to…

A True Inspiration: James Yutaka Suzuki, 1936-2014

Written by David Suzuki, president of Bio-Therapeutic, Inc.
James Yutaka Suzuki was born on May 19, 1936, in Seattle, Washington, to Tohachi and Mikayo Suzuki. He was the fourth of seven children. He spent much of his early childhood in the Japanese interment camp Minidoka, where Japanese Americans located on the West Coast were imprisoned during World War II. When his family was released from camp in late 1945, they returned to their home and family business in…
Paula Kent Meehan, founder of Redken Laboratories, Inc., passed away Monday, June 23rd, 2014, facing the tranquil environment she treasured, including her Japanese gardens, fountains and flowers of her Beverly Hills home. She was surrounded by her son, Michael Miller and his wife Jeeny, family, caregivers, and intimate friends who loved and revered her.
We regret to announce the passing of Carol Crowley on January 2, 2014. For over 30 years, Crowley played an important leadership role in the hair removal industry. She was a certified medical electrologist and was one of the few electrology instructors in the nation. Crowley also served in executive capacities for several national electrolysis associations. In the mid-1990s, Carol Crowley was the first electrologist in Texas to purchase a…
Dr. Sheldon Pinnell, an internationally eminent scientist, dermatologist, leading scientist behind L’Oréal-owned SkinCeuticals, and J. Lamar Callaway Professor Emeritus of Dermatology and Chief Emeritus of the Division of Dermatology at Duke University, passed away peacefully in Durham, North Carolina on Thursday, July 4th, 2013 just as the fireworks began to sparkle in celebration of Independence Day; he was 76.
Bettylou McIntosh, co-founder of CosMedix, passed away on Thursday, July 13th, 2013. Making an early impact in the skin care industry, McIntosh knew that better skin health depended as much on education as it did on scientific innovation. Together with business partner and friend Flo McRae, McIntosh pushed the envelope for what natural, plant-based products could achieve. By combining high-quality ingredients with chiral correction technology, the two co-founded a groundbreaking…
The aesthetics industry mourns the loss of one of its true pioneers, Dr. James Edwin Fulton, Jr. who died July 4th, 2013 at the age of 73. “Jim devoted his life to dermatology and his passing will leave a void in the world of skin care,” offers his wife of 44 years, Vivant Skin Care President Sara M. Fulton. “He achieved much during his career, but his greatest contributions may…
Aunt Ilike grew up in the countryside of Hungary – a land blessed with fruits, vegetables and herbs that draw their succulence from the soil and thermal hot springs of the Carpathian basin long known for being rich in minerals and trace elements found nowhere else on earth. It was there, as a young child, that her insight and adoration into the powerful properties of nature and the world around…
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