In Memorium: Entrepreneurs Who Died in 2009

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Theodore Nierenberg, Co-founder of Dansk International Designs

A maker of popular Scandinavian-style kitchen accessories, Nierenberg started Dansk out of his garage with his wife Martha after a trip to Europe exposed the couple to the work of impressive industrial designers. He came back to the states with the idea of mass-producing the sleek implements made of exotic wood and stainless steel and, when he waltzed into a fancy Fifth Avenue boutique with a prototype one day, the executive he pitched ordered several hundred units on the spot. The excitement went to Nierenberg’s head as he promptly stepped off the curb and was almost hit by a bus. In the mid-1980s the couple sold the company the Lenox Corporation now owns it.