Peter Veronis
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Peter Veronis
  • June 15, 1923 - August 20, 2010
  • Stamford, Connecticut

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Peter Veronis, a long-time Stamford resident, died peacefully on August 20, 2010 at age 87. He was married for 57 years to Dorothy (Babs) White, who died in 2004, and is survived by his daughter Judith Anne Rodgers, son-in-law Philip N. Rodgers (Wilton, CT), step-grandchildren Dina Weitz (Robert) and Suellen Rodgers, and four siblings, Mary Thompson, George (Kim), John (Lauren) and Alexander (Pearl) Veronis, and many nieces & nephews, and her Brother in Law Thomas C. White.
Peter was intensely proud of his family, his country, and Greek heritage. In 1941 he joined the U.S. Navy and proudly served for 10 years, during which time he became Chief Petty Officer (the youngest person to achieve this rank at the time) serving on the battleship USS North Carolina, The USS Whitley, and the USS Harkness and participated in major battles in the Pacific Arena during WWII. His medals include American Defense Service and Fleet Clasp, American Area Campaign, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign, Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign and 11 Bronze stars; Philippine Liberation, World War II Victory. He was called up for the Korean conflict and served at the Great Lakes training new seamen in Celestial Navigation and Semaphore. After his honorable discharge he attended Columbia University from 1951-1954 while working in advertising for the Springfield (Mass) Newspapers. Subsequently he became an advertising sales executive at Ridder Johns Co. and Look Magazine before becoming Vice-President, Advertising Director of Psychology Today magazine and later Saturday Review. In 1973-1980 he co-founded Book Digest magazine and served as publisher. Later, he created the CBS Magazine Advertising Network. In addition he served as advertising consultant (PV Publishing) for major magazines such as Reader's Digest and American Express. Viewing will take place at 10:30 am and funeral services at 11:00 am Wednesday August 25, 2010 at Archangels Greek Orthodox Church, 1527 Bedford Street, Stamford, Ct. 06905 (1-203-348-4216). In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, or favorite charity. Bouton & Reynolds Funeral Home 203-327-9800 for further information