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From: The Boston Globe
Date: 20021130

PRINCETON, N.J. - John Milton Tassie, a former Lenox executive who helped build the company into an international source of fine china, crystal, and sterling, died Monday. He was 86.

Mr. Tassie spent 35 years with the Lawrenceville-based company, serving as president and chief executive from 1959 to 1977.

During his tenure, the company went public and broadened its sights through market research and advertising while developing its first national sales force.

Lenox crystal is used at White House dinners and is a fixture at American embassies.

A 1939 graduate of Princeton University, Mr. Tassie ...

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