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Industry Icon Dick Vinocur Passes

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Press release from the issuing company

WhatTheyThink is saddened to learn that industry icon Dick Vinocur has passed away. His son Michael made the following announcement on Facebook:

"Passing of my father...

With sorrow, our family would like to announce that M. Richard Vinocur, Merv to some, Dick to others, passed away on Friday evening. He went peacefully after a several month battle with deteriorating health.

Memorial services will be held Tuesday, January 21st at 11AM, Gutterman and Musicant Jewish Funeral Directors, 402 Park Street, Hackensack, NJ. A reception will be hosted by my mother, Carol Vinocur, after the service at her home, 1500 Palisade Avenue, Apt. 6F, Fort Lee, NJ.

Since our conference management days, we've always been fixated with attendance figures, so hope many of you can join us to share your best Merv/Dick stories and help us remember what made him so special!"



By Patrick Whelan on Jan 21, 2020

One of the all time greats. His stories were legendary and so was he. Rest peacefully Dick and condolences to his family.


By Frank Romano on Jan 21, 2020

Dick was publisher of Graphic Arts Monthly and he and Michael ran the annual Vu/Point conference. Dick also edited the Footprints newsletter. At press conferences he would often ask the first question. He made the printing industry a much more interesting place.


By HARVEY LEVENSON on Jan 21, 2020

An icon who I respected and admired. A "straight shooter" who always told you what he thought; no "beating around the bush." I liked that. And, a sense of humor unlike anyone else. I liked that too. I was a fan. I'll miss Dick Vinocur.


By Joe Webb on Jan 22, 2020

Be sure to visit Katherine O'Brien's marvelous tribute to "Merv" at LinkedIn


I commented there. Dick was very good to me in many ways. Much laughter in the process.


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