April 23, 1922 – Feb. 17, 2014
Robert S. Rodwin, a television news producer who directed coverage of major events around the world from the 1950s to the 1980s, died unexpectedly Monday in Boston, Mass., where he was attending a wedding. An Amherst resident since 2012, he was 91.
Mr. Rodwin oversaw coverage of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the space launches from Cape Canaveral in the 1960s, the selection of Pope John Paul I in 1978 and presidential conventions and campaigns from Eisenhower to Reagan.
Born in New York City, he interrupted his studies at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University to serve in the Army during World War II. He was a military policeman stateside and a member of a railroad shop battalion deployed to France in the war’s final months..
He became a producer for Hearst Metrotone News of the Day in 1952, then joined ABC News in 1963, where he was foreign assignment editor and a producer for “World News Tonight” until he retired in 1986.
A 55-year resident of Stamford, Conn., he was a member of the Jewish War Veterans, a volunteer at the Stamford Historical Society, a volunteer reading partner for elementary school students in the Stamford public schools and a volunteer researcher at the Whitney Museum in New York City.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Marilyn Horvitz; three sons, Jonathan E., Andrew S. and Loren S.; a brother, Richard; and eight grandchildren.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.