Publishing industry veteran Roland Elgey died recently at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., after an 18-month battle with colorectal cancer. He was 65.

Elgey’s 40-year publishing career began in sales at John Wiley in his native England and was followed by his move to McGraw-Hill UK where he was director of business and professional publishing.

Once in the U.S., Elgey held senior positions at Macmillan as president of Que Computer Publishing and senior v-p of sales at Que/Sams. He also served as senior v-p of sales Hungry Minds where he oversaw the introduction of the bestselling Dummies series. He joined Coriolis Group in 2001 as CEO.

After leaving Coriolis, Elgey worked with several publishing services companies, including Content Connections, Words & Numbers, Hurix and, most recently, as v-p for business development at Integra Software Services.

"Roland was a great colleague and industry professional. Unassuming and hardworking, his understated British wit was never harsh or biting, mindful of the importance of gathering for a friendly pint when the work day ended. He will be missed," said Charles Halpin, director of Bookstream Inc.