Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A Tribute to Robert E. Brockway

Robert and Hope Brockway

The Zarb School was deeply saddened by the passing of Hofstra Trustee Emeritus Robert E. Brockway (B.B.A. '46) in October. Bob's devotion to Hofstra University, and especially the Zarb School, was profound. Throughout his business career, Bob was active in the Hofstra community. Upon retirement, he devoted even more of his time and energy to his alma mater, serving on the Hofstra University Board of Trustees from 1984 to 1995, assuming the roles of vice chair and chair of the University Relations Committee. In 1987 he returned to the Zarb School as a professor of marketing, a senior executive-in-residence, and a special assistant to the dean. In 2006, Bob and his wife, Hope - a Hofstra alumna - were honored with the Marjorie and James M. Shuart Alumni Family Award for their many years of service and friendship to the University.

Bob enjoyed a successful business career: His innovative spirit propelled him to the forefront of many new industries. His first business venture - Brockway Camera Corporation - became the first U.S. distributor of Olympus and Canon cameras, opening the American market to Japanese cameras. As general manager of Manhattan Cable TV in the 1960s, he was a pioneer of cable television. In the late 1960s and 1970s, he was president of CBS Video Recording, the precursor to home video. Finally, as chairman of Olympus Camera in the 1970s, he led the single lens reflex revolution.

The memory of Robert Brockway - his remarkable marketing career and his many contributions to Hofstra - will live on at our school. In September 2007, his son Peter established a distinguished professorship in marketing in his father's name.

The Zarb School extends its deepest sympathy to the entire Brockway family.



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