Peter Zacher, who had a 40-plus-year career in plastics publishing, died Dec. 22 in Delray Beach after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Zacher, 75, was born in Milwaukee and was a graduate of Babson College. After graduation he served in the U.S. Navy, and he enjoyed a short stint as a sales executive at White Motor Co. Then he joined Cleworth Publishing Co. of Cos Cob, Conn., and sold advertising space for Plastics World, where he was promoted to regional sales manager.
He left PW in 1971 to help found Plastics Machinery & Equipment. While there he took part in the launches of Plastics Design Forum, Plastics Compounding and the Plastics Fair regional trade shows.
After more than a decade at Industry Media, Zacher and his partners sold it to HBJ Publications Inc. (later Edgell Communications Inc. and then Advanstar Communications Inc.). He worked with the plastics group there for 10 years, during which time Advanced Composites magazine was launched.
In 1993, he became chairman of a new company called Abby Communications Inc., which was named after his black lab. Abby launched Injection Molding Magazine and IMM International. He retired in 2001.
Peter Zacher was a lifelong enthusiast for the plastics industry, said T. Peter Sullivan, Abby Communication's former publisher and CEO. He traveled the world effectively selling space in his magazines all the while building goodwill for the industry.
Zacher was active in the Plastics Pioneers Association. He lived for many years in the Cleveland area. He is survived by his wife, Judy, his daughters and six grandchildren.