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In 1978, Shirley Blackall ’72 introduced the first high-end collectible dolls in this country. Today, artistically rendered, exquisitely dressed dolls are the most popular collectible in the United States. Since 1998, Blackall’s Masterpiece Dolls have been featured on Home Shopping Network. “So much of what I do each day relates to what I learned as an economics major at Lafayette and later in business school at Boston University — how to analyze the market and react to change, how to see what is missing from the marketplace and fill that void,” she says. “I loved Lafayette. Being academically successful there gave me a lot of confidence. I believed I could meet any challenge and learn from every experience.”

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