Gerald Rogovin, public relations consultant, reporter, dies at 84

Rogovin worked as an investigative freelancer for

It is with great sadness that the editors of report the passing of Gerald Rogovin.  Jerry died unexpectedly at his Yarmouth Port home on Thursday, August 23. He was 84.  Jerry, who split his year between Yarmouth Port and Sarasota, FL, wrote several articles for over the years.  His career in journalism began in the 1940s  when he worked for a variety of daily and weekly newspapers.  Most recently his work transitioned from ink to digital.  At the height of his career, Jerry ran his own public relations firm in Boston. 

Jerry Rogovin.

Jerry's interests were varied and he covered everything from politics to energy  and virtually any other topic of importance or interest to Cape Codders.

Click here to see a list of stories Jerry wrote for between 2009 and 2012.

See Gerald Rogovin's obituary below:

Gerald A. ("Jerry") Rogovin, 84, of Yarmouthport, passed away suddenly on August 23, 2012, at his home.

Originally from Newton, MA, Rogovin attended Newton High School, graduated from the University of Maine (Orono), and earned a M.S. at the Columbia University School of Journalism. He worked at LOOK Magazine prior to joining the U.S. Army, where he served as a writer for the Armed Forces Press Service. In the mid-1950's he worked as a journalist and writer in New York, Washington and New Haven, CT, and in 1957 returned to the Boston area.

In 1960, Rogovin began his practice as an independent public relations consultant in the Greater Boston area, working with large and small clients, including Charles River Park, the new West End Development, Preterm Clinics, Northeast Airlines, Whitings Milk, Borden Chemical, BASF tape and cassettes, A.W. Chesterton Co., and the Cabot Corporation LNG Division.

He was a leader in the profession, serving first as President of the New England Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, and later as Chairman of the National Counselors Section. When the Public Relations Society of America implemented its exam-based national Accreditation Program in 1964, Rogovin was among the first group of practitioners to achieve that credential. In additon, he developed and taught public relations courses at Boston University, Boston College and Northeastern University for many years.

Jerry was a lover of traditional jazz music, with an encyclopedic knowledge of the jazz bands and musicians of the early 20th century and the big band era. A lifelong Red Sox and Celtics fan, Jerry was also a towering (6'6"), although sometimes teetering, leftie on the tennis courts. He played at Wightman Tennis Center in Weston, MA, South Yarmouth Tennis Club, South Yarmouth, MA, Country Club of Sarasota/Prestancia/Serendipity, and The Oaks in Sarasota, FL.

An insightful and heartfelt commentator on political issues, Jerry often used his rapier-like wit to provoke, challenge and invite thoughful exchanges.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 60 years, Frances (Fuzzy Hayes), children Lawrence "Stroker" Rogovin, Andrew (and Monique Byrne) Rogovin, Caroline (and Charles) Grinnell, and Martha Rogovin; grandchildren Maggie and Sam Grinnell, Charlotte and Audrey Wood, Gabriel and Felix Rogovin, Mike (and Rachel) Rogovin and Nadia Beth Rogovin and her son Ethan. He is also survived by his sister Sara Lee Witkin of Bala Cynwyd, PA. His brother Hugh D. Rogovin died in May 2012.

Boston area friends are welcome to join the family at the home of Martha Rogovin in Framingham on Sunday, September 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. Cape Cod and South Shore friends are invited to to join the family at the home of Fuzzy Rogovin in Yarmouthport on Saturday, September 15, from 2 to 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Jerry and his love of reading, speaking and writing, to the Yarmouth Port Public Library, 297 Main Street Yarmouth Port, MA 02675.

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