SIPA Board member Daniel Schwartz passed away peacefully last week, surrounded by his family. He was 49. He had been putting up a courageous fight against brain cancer for many years. Funeral services were held yesterday in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
Professionally, Dan served as managing editor of Aspen Publishers’ health newsletter division, executive editor of BLR, senior publisher at Wolters Kluwer Health—where he was responsible for the financial performance of 22 medical and nursing publications generating sales exceeding $6 million annually—and vice president, content-healthcare at Advanstar. He also trained and coached many reporters and freelancers throughout his distinguished career.
“I’ll miss Dan as a friend, colleague, and passionate advocate,” said fellow SIPA Board member Barbara Weckstein Kaplowitz. “Dan always believed in doing the right thing—not the expeditious thing—whether that related to editorial integrity, his votes on the Association and Foundation boards, or in his various roles in the publishing industry…His broad smile, quirky sense of humor, and willingness to go the extra mile made him a great colleague, a treasured friend, and a loving father and husband. He’ll be missed by many in the SIPA community.”
BLR founder Bob Brady offered his thoughts as well. “Dan and I worked together in various capacities for almost 20 years, first as BLR’s editor-in-chief, then as a fellow SIPA member and board member,” he said. “There was never anyone who worked harder or was more sincere. As an employee, he focused on the customer and how to motivate employees to serve them better. As a SIPA Board member, he often told us how grateful he was for all that training and fellowship the Association had given him early in his career. He focused on continuing that legacy. He was a force on the Board and we will miss him.”
“Dan was both a warm, charming, and wonderful friend and a positive presence in the SIPA community,” said Ed Coburn of Mequoda. “He leaves a hole both professionally and personally.”
“Dan was always such a great believer and contributor to the work of the Foundation,” wrote former Board member Helen Hoart.
A past Foundation (SIPF) Board member as well, Dan also served as a longtime judge for the SIPAwards. One of my personal recollections is that I asked him to do a Member Profile because of his accomplished standing in this field. This was when we first started doing them, and they leaned a bit too much to the personal. He politely declined and gave me great advice moving forward on the content that he thought was most valuable to members. Even this morning, when I opened that email again, it can still stand as a constant guidance to me for serving members.
I’m sure Dan would have done that profile today now that they are more business-focused, as he suggested. “I really do care about this association having been a part of it for almost 25 years…” he wrote. “Thanks again for thinking of me.”
Thank you, Dan.
He is survived by his wife, Cathe and children, Ben, Nate and Alana. Friends who wish may contribute to the Hattie Larlham Foundation 7996 Darrow Rd. #10 Twinsburg, OH. 44087 or the Schwartz Family Fund, c/o The Temple-Tifereth Israel 26000 Shaker Blvd. Beachwood, OH 44122.
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Ronn Levine began his career as a reporter for The Washington Post and has won numerous writing and publications awards since. Most recently, he spent 12 years at the Newspaper Association of America covering a variety of topics before joining SIPA in 2009 as managing editor. Follow Ronn on Twitter at @SIPAOnline