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Insurance Journalist Phil Zinkewicz Dies at 64

Noted insurance journalist Phil Zinkewicz, who for decades wrote for Rough Notes magazine and the Journal of Commerce, passed away at his home in Brooklyn...
August 3, 2010

Noted insurance journalist Phil Zinkewicz, who for decades wrote for Rough Notes magazine and the Journal of Commerce, passed away at his home in Brooklyn Heights, New York. The cause was cancer, said his daughter Julianne Johnson. He would have been 65 on July 11.

A graduate of Pace University with a bachelor's degree in theater and a master's in English, he went on to pursue a dual career. Appearing under the stage name of Philip Carroll, he worked on both stage and screen in New York and Los Angeles, dancing as well as acting and singing. He appeared on Broadway in 1977 with Zero Mostel in The Merchant and with Sting in 1989 in The Threepenny Opera. In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his wife of 41 years, Marianne, and two grandchildren.

"We were shocked and saddened at PIA National to learn of Phil's passing," said PIA National Senior Vice President of Communications Ted Besesparis. "His dedication to the insurance industry was matched by his kindness, his concern, and his great sense of humor and wit. It's going to be tough knowing that one of the highlights of any week will no longer include talking with Phil Zinkewicz. Phil was a good person. We'll all miss him."

"On behalf of PIA National, I've had the pleasure of working with Phil in his many insurance reporter roles," said PIA Senior Vice President Patricia A. Borowski. "His casual approach was warm and welcoming, but could also make some interviewees miss the very sharp, well organized mind and disciplined process Phil applied to his interview methods and in developing his reports.  Phil radiated a joy in doing his reporting jobs and for his interactions with the people in this business.  His excitement to learn about the various layers and competing interests involved in an insurance issue was infectious.  And for these and many more reasons, 'Thank You Phil,' and you will be missed."    Best, Pat Borowski

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