10/29/2013 12:19PM

Harold Tannenbaum, former DRF editor, dead at 86


Harold Tannenbaum, a former managing editor of the Eastern edition of the Daily Racing Form whose journalistic career spanned nearly a half-century, died Oct. 28 at his home in Delray Beach, Fla. He was 86 years old.

Tannenbaum served as special features editor at Daily Racing Form in Hightstown, N.J., until his retirement in 1992. He was previously turf editor and managing editor.

Tannenbaum started working for the New York Mirror in 1945. He left to serve in the U.S. Army and then returned to the Mirror, remaining there until the paper closed in 1963. He covered sports as a reporter and served as night sports editor. In 1964 and part of 1965, he worked at the New York Post, also as night sports editor. He began working on the desk at the Morning Telegraph in 1965.

Tannenbaum is survived by his wife of 58 years, Bunny; his daughter Roni and son-in-law Andy; his daughter Sandi and son-in-law Rich; his “adopted” daughter, Vivien; his four grandchildren, Tyler, Madison, Jake, and Tobey; his brothers, Herb and Elmer, and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Pamela Schurter More than 1 year ago
I remember working with him years ago at the DRF......He was always very nice to me.
Joe Rosen More than 1 year ago
In a sport where class counts, he was a standout who made the claimers look bad. Those who were there know what I mean. He is, and will be, missed.
Pearl Ketover Prilik More than 1 year ago
Harold (Hesh) Tannenbaum was a close personal friend of my parents and family. Most of my memories of him are held in a crystal box of childhood. He was a thoroughbred in an authentic form that gently touched a young girl's heart with kindness and support. I hear the thunder of horses racing - the crowd cheering and above it all - I see that inimitable forever smile . Bon Voyage. - with love to dear "Bunny" and all his cherished family (Dr. Pearl Ketover-Prilik)