Robert J. Ziegler, 88, magazine executive

Robert J. Ziegler
Robert J. Ziegler
Posted: March 27, 2014

Robert J. Ziegler enjoyed working on national magazines and enjoyed working in New York City.

Using the GI Bill benefits he had earned during World War II, he studied nights at Pace University in Manhattan for several years, earning a bachelor's in business.

All the while, he was working in magazine production while commuting from his home in Springfield, Union County, his daughters said.

On Saturday, March 22, Mr. Ziegler, 88 of Manahawkin, Ocean County, a retired executive for several national magazines, died of heart failure at the Southampton, Bucks County, home of his daughter Kathleen Greco.

On his first day at Look magazine in the early 1950s, Greco said, he walked into its Manhattan lobby to find a flock of photographers waiting for a celebrity to appear.

" 'I really like this place,' " Greco said he later recalled thinking.

"He loved the culture of the city," she said.

Mr. Ziegler grew up in Maplewood, near Springfield. He had lived in Manahawkin since 1999.

He graduated from Columbia High School in Maplewood in 1943 and worked as a quartermaster, responsible for navigating landing craft, in campaigns off Tunisia, France, and the Philippines.

Greco's sister, Deborah Davis, said that until Look closed in 1972, "he helped lay out the magazine, determined where the ads would go."

Throughout his career, she said, he was involved in such magazine advertising production.

Mr. Ziegler worked in the 1970s for Saturday Review and into the 1980s for a producer of magazines to be read on airliners.

When he retired from the Hearst Corp. in 1992, he had been director of ad placement and production, first at Cosmopolitan and then at Good Housekeeping, Davis said.

In retirement, he was a member of the Landing Craft Infantry National Association.

Besides his daughters, Mr. Ziegler is survived by two granddaughters. His wife, Ann, died in September 2013.

A viewing was set from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at Barnegat Funeral Home, 841 W. Bay Ave., Barnegat, before a 2 p.m. Funeral Mass at St. Mary's Church, 747 W. Bay Ave., Barnegat, with entombment in the church cemetery.

Donations may be sent to the Amphibious Forces Memorial Museum, at

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.Barnegat

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