Obituary: Mark Dressler

Industry consultant Mark Dressler, who created educational programming for BookExpo America and the Frankfurt Book Fair, died on Dec. 23, 2015, after a battle with cancer. He was 55. Once dubbed “the Charlie Rose of the Frankfurt Book Fair,” Dressler interviewed a range of industry insiders in Hall 8.0 over the years. He also served as BookExpo America’s education director from 1998 to 2011, creating a wealth of programming for the event.

Obituary: Arthur H. Thornhill Jr.

Arthur H. Thornhill Jr., former CEO of Little, Brown and Co., died on Dec. 17, 2015. He was 91. Thornhill ran the publisher for 25 years. He was responsible for negotiating the merger agreement under which Little, Brown and Co. became a subsidiary of Time Inc. in 1968. The deal ensured that Little, Brown maintained an independent board of directors and kept control of its editorial decisions. Thornhill retired from Little, Brown in 1987.