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Rodman J. Zilenziger, founder, Rodman Media, dies



Published March 13, 2014
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Rodman J. Zilenziger, the founder of Rodman Publishing Corporation (now, Rodman Media Corp., L&NW’s publisher), died on Feb. 2, 2014. He was 85. In 1964, while serving as vice president of sales for Dorland Publishing, Mr. Zilenziger co-launched Detergent Age, which would ultimately be renamed Household And Personal Products Industry (HAPPI), the leading business-to-business trade magazine in the global household and personal care space. He followed that success up in 1970 with the launch of Nonwovens Industry, the No. 1 magazine in the global nonwovens industry. He created Rodman Publishing Corp. in 1978 and launched other B-to-B titles over the years before retiring in 1993.

Born Oct. 10, 1928 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his family settled in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. Mr. Zilenziger was also a graduate of Pennsylvania Military College (PMC) as well as having served as a 1st Lieutenant in the Korean War in the 2nd infantry regiment and received the Bronze Star.

Mr. Zilenziger married Roxane Shugart Zilenziger who passed away in 2010. They were married for 53 years and were long-time residents of Scarsdale, NY and Vero Beach, FL. They held memberships in the Fox Meadow Tennis Club of Scarsdale, New York, the Shenorock Shore Club of Rye, New York, as well as The Moorings Club of VeroBeach, Florida where they enjoyed playing tennis, platform tennis, and golf.  Mr. Zilenziger was also a member of the Hitchcock Presbyterian Church in Scarsdale, New York and was a volunteer fireman in Scarsdale for many years. 

Survived by his three children; Gaye Geiger (Scott), of New Canaan, CT., Susan Maier (Rich) of Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ, and Rodman Zilenziger Jr. (Jennifer) also of Ho-Ho-Kus, and 11 grandchildren: Daniel, Sarah, Caitlin, Taylor, Rodman, Lindsay, Kevin, James, Claire, Katherine and Anna. Donations to the National Parkinson’s Foundation are welcome.


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