Friday, April 22, 2011

Tom Lyle's son takes his name and joins the Maybelline Co.

Tom Lyle's son Cecil Anderson changes his name to Tom Lyle Williams.

Tom Lyle Williams and Cecil Anderson, 1925.

No one loved his son more than Tom Lyle loved Cecil Anderson. He gave as much time and attention as any father living at a distance running a mega-company could possibly give.  However It was a hard situation and Tom Lyle worried that he should have done more.  When Cecil Anderson graduated high school and was accepted into Duke University he asked his father if he could change his name to Tom Lyle Williams. Of course he could and Tom Lye was not only honored, he felt relieved that he had succeeded at being the kind of father his son could be proud of. 

After graduation from Duke University where Tom Jr. had been Captain of the Football Team, he joined his father at the Maybelline Company where he worked for over 30 years helping expand the company overseas and making Maybelline the largest eye cosmetic company in the world.    

Tom Lyle Williams and Tom Lyle Williams Jr.  1934

Read more about Tom Lyle Jr. and his desire to expand the Maybelline Company internationally in The Maybelline Story and the Spirited Family Dynasty Behind It.

Thank you for following the Maybelline Blog and I hope you enjoy my book as much as I loved writing it.

Sharrie Williams

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