Robert Edgell, 68, retired chairman of Cleveland-based Edgell Communications, committed suicide Jan. 2 by jumping from the seventh story of his condobuilding at Longboat Key, Fla.

Founder of Ojibway Press, fore-runner to Edgell Communications before it became part of Harcourt Brace & World, now Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Edgell increased the number of trade publications from 16 to 100 and directed a $33 million leveraged buyout of HBJ’s publishing division. He announced his retirement last April, remaining as a consultant to the company, which now has 46 trade publications including Video Store.

He held several Cleveland trusteeships and had also served for two terms as chairman of the American Business Press.

Survived by his wife, Yvonne; son; and four daughters.

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