Harry (Hillel) Rogoff, whose 54 years of service with the Jewish Daily Forward was a longevity record perhaps unmatched in American journalism, died today at the age of 88. Mr. Rogoff, who was born in Berezino, Russia, joined the Forward in 1906 as a writer, became managing editor in 1919, and in 1951 succeeded Abraham Cahan as editor-in-chief. He continued to contribute to the Yiddish newspaper after his retirement in 1962. His last published piece, on Nov. 4, discussed the question of whether Arthur J. Goldberg wanted to leave the Supreme Court for the United Nations.
For many years Mr. Rogoff wrote a bimonthly book review for the Forward. A prolific author, he was said to be perhaps the best informed Yiddish journalist in America. He came to this country in 1890 and attended Isaac Elchanan Yeshiva, now part of Yeshiva U. and City College. Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at Park West Chapel, 79th Street and Columbus Avenue.
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