NEW YORK — Donald S. Klopfer, who founded the Random House publishing firm with Bennett Cerf nearly 60 years ago, has died of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 84.
Klopfer died Friday at Lenox Hill Hospital. Although he retired in the 1970s, Klopfer continued to come to the office almost every day.
"Donald was a great publisher because he was an instinctive publisher--he knew what was good," said Random House Chairman Robert Bernstein. "More than that, he was a man loved by his authors and his associates."
Klopfer was employed at his stepfather's diamond-cutting business in Newark, N.J., when his friend Cerf offered him an opportunity to share in the purchase of the Modern Library.