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Stanley Siegelman, Former WWD Assistant Managing Editor, Dies at 87

In 2005, he co-authored “Fashion, Retailing and a Bygone Era: Inside Women’s Wear Daily,” a book that included chapters from seven former editors.

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Funeral services will be held today at 11:30 a.m. for former WWD assistant managing editor Stanley Siegelman at Riverside Nassau North Chapel in Great Neck, N.Y. Siegelman, 87, died Monday in his Great Neck home, due to renal cell cancer, according to one of his daughters, Karen Steinfeld.

After graduating from Rutgers with a B.A. and then earning a master’s degree from Columbia University in 18th-century English literature, he joined Women’s Wear Daily in 1950, where he covered an assortment of apparel markets before becoming assistant managing editor. In the early Sixties, he became an editor at DNR before starting up a new Fairchild publication, Drug News Weekly. In 1968, he exited Fairchild to serve as editor in chief of American Druggist magazine.

In 1981, Siegelman was presented by the American Business Press Inc. with a Jesse H. Neal Certificate of Merit for a series of editorials. “Our Dishonored Dead Pharmacists Murdered by the Unpunished,” listing the names of 50 pharmacists who had been murdered in their pharmacies for drugs. By raising awareness about this issue, advocates collected signatures which lead to legislation that helped protect pharmacists, Steinfeld said.

Siegelman co-authored “Fashion, Retailing and a Bygone Era: Inside Women’s Wear Daily,” a 2005 book that included chapters from seven former editors. He penned a chapter entitled “Where Fashion and Passion Met,” which detailed his courtship of his future wife in the Fifties and described the prevailing culture of the office at that time.

Later in life, Siegelman contributed poetry to The Forward, a Yiddish-language newspaper with an English-language edition. Siegelman’s poems appeared in the English-language paper, but he would write a poem in both languages and both versions ran side by side.

In addition to Steinfeld and another daughter, Susan Plean, he is survived by his younger brother, Philip Siegelman.

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