Anthony J. Parisi, 1943 1991
Last month, the presses rolled on a bonus issue of BUSINESS WEEK entitled The Quality Imperative. Listed on the table of contents as special issue editor was Anthony J. Parisi, since 1985 an assistant managing editor of the magazine.
It was Tony Parisi's last assignment: On Oct. 30, at the age of 48, he died in his Manhattan home of metastatic melanoma, a fast-spreading skin cancer.
Quality was an appropriate subject for Parisi to tackle: To his friends and colleagues, he was quality all the way. Born in Jersey City, N.J., he attended St. Peter's Prep and graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in engineering. In 1967, he joined an editorial-training program at McGraw-Hill Inc., BUSINESS WEEK's parent, and went from there to the staff of Product Engineering, then a McGraw-Hill publication.
In 1971, he transferred to BUSINESS WEEK and, shortly after the first Arab oil embargo, became the magazine's first energy editor. In that post, he wrote many distinguished stories and won the 1977 University of Missouri Business Journalism Award for a cover story on energy conservation-an issue on which he remained vocal almost to the last.
In the same year, Parisi moved to The New York Times as energy correspondent and three years later to London as bureau chief for Petroleum Intelligence Weekly. He returned to BUSINESS WEEK as a senior editor in 1983 and was promoted to assistant managing editor in 1985.
In recent years, he guided our coverage of information processing, science and technology, and industries, among other things, and presided over two mammoth special issues on innovation, as well as helping to conceive and plan this year's quality package. Week in, week out, he was a vigorous editor and sought-after adviser on all manner of editorial challenges, often far beyond his assigned territory, and he met them all with skill, dignity-and a smile. He has left too soon.