George Turianski, a senior production manager at Simon & Schuster, died suddenly on November 17. He was 53.

Turianski began at S&S in 1988, and spent the vast majority of his career with the company, working on such books as The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin, The Wright Brothers by David McCullough, Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose, and Bittersweet by Colleen McCullough.

"George made an enormous contribution to the success of many authors and to Simon & Schuster," wrote Irene Kheradi and Anna Campbell in a note to the company. "No one handled challenging accelerated publication schedules with more patience and grace under pressure than George. Those of us who knew him well would often joke that he had a knack for picking the best-sellers before anyone else."

Turianski is survived by his mother, two brothers, and a number of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Jennings Nulton & Mattle Funeral Home of Penfield, N.Y. A memorial service is planned for a later date in New York.