In Memorium: Entrepreneurs Who Died in 2009

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Lynn Pressman Raymond, CEO of Pressman Toy Corporation

After her husband died, Raymond took charge of the family toy business, and served as its chief executive for more than 20 years. When she initially took the helm, the company’s bank balked because she was a woman. She eventually secured a new bank but she continued to make waves by hiring fashion industry artists to retool toy packaging, refusing to sell toy weapons, sticking to products made in the United States, and scoring licensing deals with big-name athletes and celebrities. Her biggest hit: Creating toy Doctor and Nurse Bags intended to demystify medicine for children.