Publisher Arnold Broido died last Thursday after a long series of illnesses. Broido, a member of the National Music Publishers' Assn. board of directors, was president of Theodore Presser Co. since 1969, the oldest continually-operated music publisher in the United States.

Broido first expressed his love of music as a piano student at the Mannes School and Julliard. After serving in World War II, he began working in the stockroom at publisher Boosey & Hawkes.

Over the years, his career took him from Boosey to Century and Mercury Music, then to E.B. Marks, Frank Music Corp. and Boston Music until he joined Theodore Presser.

"Arnold's dedication to the NMPA, the Harry Fox Agency, ASCAP and the principles of copyright will be sorely missed," says Irwin Robinson, NMPA chairman. "With over 30 years of service to these and other industry associations, the value of his contributions will be difficult to replace. It was a great pleasure serving on these boards with Arnold both as a colleague and a friend."

In addition to serving on the NMPA board and the HFA board as both a director and as treasurer, Broido held positions as treasurer of the ASCAP board of directors, president of the Music Publishers Assn. of the United States, chairman of the International Confederation of Music Publishers, and president of the International Federation of Serious Music Publishers.

"Arnold was an amazing man, who had a very progressive view of our industry and was a big believer in change," says Gary Churgin, HFA president/CEO. "He was an absolute icon both here and abroad. Most importantly, he was the nicest person anyone could meet."

Added David Israelite, NMPA president/CEO, "Arnold Broido was one of the true gentlemen of the music industry. His wise voice and cherished friendship will be missed greatly by all who had the honor of knowing him."

Broido is survived by his wife, Lucy, and three sons, Jeffrey, Laurence and Thomas. Services will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Bringhurst Funeral Home in Bala Cynwyd, Penn.