Industry Morns Death of Tamron USA President


Tamron USA Inc. announces that, Bruce Landau, president of the company, died suddenly on Dec. 19. He was 56 years old.

Landau was involved in the photo industry for more than 30 years. After a brief career as a mathematics teacher, Landau began in the photo industry when he joined Berkey Marketing Companies in 1970. He was product manager of three Japanese companies, one of which was, ironically, Tamron. In 1978, Bruce accepted the position of national sales manager and advertising manager of Bogen Photo Corp. In 1988, he was promoted to vice president of sales and marketing. He was with Bogen until he came to Tamron and assumed the position of vice president of Tamron USA Inc. in August 1999. In January of 2000, he was named president.

In addition to his friends in the photo industry, Bruce surrounded himself with comrades who shared his passion for “chipping,” the collecting of casino chips. He was one of the founders of The Chip Board, the official association of chippers.

Those who knew Landau say he was a compassionate, giving, witty and humble man and was recognized as someone who had tremendous integrity and generosity.

Landau is survived by his wife Eileen; children Jason, Michael and Jodi; father Irving; sister Fern, and granddaughter Emily. The family has requested donations be made in his memory to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

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