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Saturday, January 26, 1991 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Colman Mockler, Gillette Co. Chairman

AP

BOSTON - Colman M. Mockler Jr., the chairman of Gillette Co. who helped the company tighten its grip on the world shaving-products market, died yesterday after a heart attack. He was 61.

Mr. Mockler, who had announced last fall he would retire at the end of 1991, died at Gillette headquarters, the company said.

During his tenure as chairman, which began in 1976, Mr. Mockler helped guide Gillette through two takeover battles and oversaw a major restructuring.

His career was capped last year with the introduction of Gillette's Sensor razor, considered the company's most important new product in years. The razor became such a hot-selling item that Forbes magazine devoted the cover story of its Feb. 4 issue to Mr. Mockler and his achievements.

``He was an outstanding man,'' said Joseph Duggan, a Boston Chamber of Commerce official who had frequent dealings with Gillette. ``He brought them through so many trials and tribulations recently.''

Mr. Mockler's tough business reputation belied his private, reserved personal style, a business acquaintance said.

``He was a very modest person, never overbearing,'' said Ira Stepanian, chairman of Bank of Boston Corp., where Mr. Mockler served on the board of directors. ``He never wanted the spotlight.''

Mr. Mockler joined Gillette in 1957 as staff assistant to the controller and was named treasurer in 1965. After a series of promotions, he was elected chief executive officer in 1975.

A native of St. Louis, he attended Harvard College and Harvard Business School, where he graduated in 1954.

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