Jerry Schwartz, longtime friend of the waste industry and Waste Age Publisher Emeritus, died Sept. 29 from internal injuries caused by an auto accident. He was 72.
After receiving a bachelor's degree from New York University and a master's in business from Columbia University, Schwartz began his career as an account executive with Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborn. He then worked for 10 years at McGraw Hill. In 1972, Schwartz joined Solid Waste Management magazine (later named World Wastes) as assistant to the publisher, and then became publisher in the mid-'70s.
In 1980, he joined Waste Age as publisher, which had been purchased by the National Solid Wastes Management Association. In 1999, Primedia purchased WasteExpo and merged World Wastes into Waste Age, naming Schwartz publisher emeritus. That year, he received the Environmental Industry Associations' Award of Special Recognition for Distinguished Service.
Schwartz is survived by his wife of 40 years, Dorothy, six children and 14 grandchildren. Waste Age sends its sympathy to Dorothy and her family.