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I've received a personal note from Alison Gross, daughter of
Jerry and Arlene Gross. See below. Jerry was a neighbor here on Grand
Street for many years. Our condolences to the family. Both Jerry and Arlene
were active in Croton's Shakespeare Festival.
Longtime Croton resident, Jerry Gross died in Santa Monica,
California on Sunday, July 6 in the loving presence of his wife, Arlene.
He was born and educated in New York City and graduated from
City College of New York, cum laude in English. He worked in key editorial
positions in major publishing houses including New American Library; Warner
Books Dodd, Mead; Everest House; and Paperback Library. Jerry created the
Gothic romance and Regency romance as paperback categories. He became an expert
in Edmund Pearson while putting together an anthology of his work, Masterpieces
of Murder. Jerry created the first TV/Movie paperback tie-in and in the heyday
of mass market paperback publishing, he introduced Edgar Cayce, Georgette
Heyer, Phyllis A. Whitney, and many others to a wide audience. Among his many
publications, Jerry compiled two of the essential books on publishing, all of
which went through subsequent editions, PUBLISHERS ON PUBLISHING and
EDITORS ON EDITING, which is still in print.
Jerry and Arlene lived in Brooklyn Heights during the early
years of their marriage and they eventually moved to Croton-on-Hudson, New
York, where they lived for over 40 years, and where they raised their
daughter Alison and their twin sons, Adam and Seth. In later years, Arlene and
Jerry delighted in visits from their granddaughters Grace and Lily. Jerry, a
true New Yorker at heart, never learned to drive, which meant that he had to
and could get anywhere he wanted on foot in the village of Croton, particularly
to places like the Croton Free Library and, for the occasional lunch, the best
of its restaurants over the years. Jerry and Arlene were both active in the
Croton Shakespeare Festival, and Jerry served a term as president during the
Jerry, as an editor, was also someone devoted to healing the
world through writing. Apart from his family, nothing meant as much to him as
the nurturing and guidance of people who had the talent to tell stories but had
not yet recognized it. He opened wide the gate for so many writers and will be
mourned by all of them, even as they, like his legion of friends, celebrate his
life and his kindness.
Jerry’s family and friends will celebrate his life at a memorial service later
this year. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to:
Croton Free Library
171 Cleveland Drive
Croton in Hudson, NY 10520