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PLAY-DOH CREATOR DIES

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Tien Lui, who helped develop the Play-Doh synthetic molding clay enjoyed by children for decades, died Thursday.

Lui was believed to be in his 80s, but there were no records of his birth in China.Lui came to the United States in 1924 to attend Cornell University. He earned a doctorate in agricultural biology, then taught pharmaceutical science and conducted research.

In 1957, Lui was hired by Rainbow Crafts, Inc., to develop a soft sculpting substance that would be easy for small children to use. Working with Joseph McVicker, whose father owned the company, Lui formulated Play-Doh.