Monday, March 02, 2009

Stanley R. Greenfield

Sadly, I learned of the passing yesterday of a wonderful man and friend. All of us who knew Stanley will miss him dearly and our condolences to his wife Betty and their extended family.

Cards and condolences can be sent to:

Betty Greenfield
4439 Waldo Avenue
Riverdale, NY 10471

Services will be on Tuesday, 1:15PM
Riverside Memorial Chapel,
Amsterdam Ave & 76th Street

Eugene Schwartz forwarded a bio Stanley wrote himself a number of years ago. Typical of Stanley he fails to note the Harvard Class of 1949 is widely believed to be the most successful class of MBA's ever produced. And 'with Distinction'.

Early years: Born March 5, 1925. Attended Abraham Lincoln HighSchool, Brooklyn, NY.

Education: B.A. Physics, Johns Hopkins University, 1947. M.B.A.with Distinction, Harvard University Business School, 1949.

Career: I spent much of my career with Ziff-Davis Publishing Company, a leading publisher of consumer special-interest magazines. When Bill Ziff took over the company in 1955, I was the first executive he hired. I served for many years as senior vice president. I left Ziff-Davis to found Nicholas Publishing Company. At Nicholas, I created, edited, and produced seven directories, including two American Library Association “Outstanding Reference Book of the Year” designees. The first of these, the National Directory of Addresses and Telephone Numbers (first edition, Bantam Books, 1975) was the first hard-copy national telephone directory. More than a million copies of its annual editions have been sold. Other reference works were produced in cooperation with the United Nations and the AFL-CIO.

During the period 1975-79, Nicholas Publishing Company was sole representative of the People’s Republic of China for the acquisition of all scientific and technical bibliographic materials from the United States, including serials, monographs, indexing and abstracting services, patents, U.S. government documents, juridical materials, and commercial databases. This function was performed with the concurrence of the Departments of State and Commerce during this period prior to the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations.

I also served as president and publisher of Playbill, the Broadway theater magazine, and was founding publisher of The Corporate Board, the Journal of Corporate Governance. In 1982, I inaugurated the first course in the New York City area on the Information Industry, at New York University.

Family: Betty F. Greenfield, my wife of forty-four years, was a delegate from Wellesley College to the NSA Annual Convention in 1948. She received an M.P.A. from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in 1985. We live in the Riverdale section of New York City. We have three children and four grandchildren. All of us live within twenty minutes of each other, which we consider to be one of our greatest blessings in a society where almost everything except family turns out to be transitory.


Fran Toolan said...

Stanley was very fond of the fact that he was the #3 squash player in the US for his age group (80+). He was also quick to add that there were only 3 in his age group!

A lovely man in many, many ways. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. I know that I will miss him.

Richard Stark said...

I had spoken to Stanley a few weeks ago, just before he went back home after a long illness. He sounded as if he would be back on the squash court again soon. It is quite sad, but I take consolation from the fact that he led a long and fulfilling life.

When I was laid-up after my accident two-and-a-half years ago, Stanley made a point of driving out to N.J. in order to pay me a visit. He was a good, kind man and I will miss him.

Richard Stark said...

Stanley also omits any mention in his biography of his military service during the Second World War.

LJNDawson said...

I loved Stanley so much - those lunches at the Harvard Club were a joy - and I admired his incredible persistence and certainty. He really was amazing in so many ways.

MikeShatzkin said...

A great guy. I loved the fact that all his lunches were at the Harvard Club at 12:30 so the only thing he had to remember was the name of the person he was meeting! Stanley was an innovator and a thinker. And his devotion to his wife was inspiring. He will be very widely missed.

Sam Dempsey said...

I am so very sorry to hear this. Stanley was a smart, accomplished, and well-liked man. My condolences to Betty and family.

Marty Brooks said...

Laura may have loved "those lunches at the Harvard Club" but for me it was those breakfasts at the Harvard Club.

Stanley was born over a generation before me but he was a much younger man than I am.

Caryn Toering said...

I will not soon forget Stanley. The first time I met him on the phone years ago he sang the US Anthem to me from beginning to end! His was certainly known for his persistence! Thoughts and prayers to Betty and the kids.

Dan McCarthy said...

A remarkable man who was very generous to me with his intellect and his time when I was a young journalist confused by a lot of things I heard. Sad.

charles cooper said...

As a former colleague noted, Stanley was a mensch among mensches. He was very kind to me when I joined ZD in `89 and put up with a lot of dumb questions. A gentle spirit and a gentleman