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Roger S. Sennott, 58, market research executive


Roger S. Sennott, a market research executive and former sociology professor who spent his teen years in the Towson area, died of leukemia Sept. 12 at a San Diego hospital. He was 58 and lived in La Mesa, Calif.

Born in Staten Island, N.Y., he moved to the Old Hillendale neighborhood in Baltimore County with his family in 1958 and graduated from Towson High School in 1962.

He took up golf as a 10-year-old, and won the Baltimore Junior Golf Championship in 1961 and 1962.

He earned his bachelor's degree from Washington and Lee University in 1966, and a doctorate in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971. He was an assistant professor at the University of Rhode Island, and was co-author of a college textbook on women's sociology, Sex Roles and Social Patterns, before going into the field of marketing research in 1980.

In 1987, Dr. Sennott took a position with Market Development Inc., a San Diego-based company specializing in Hispanic research, eventually becoming senior vice president and general manager.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Babcock Presbyterian Church, 8240 Loch Raven Blvd., where he was a former member.

Survivors include his wife, the former Beatrice Rustigian, and three children, Adam, Randall and Sara Sennott, all of La Mesa; his parents, Dr. Waldron M. and Adelaide Sennott of Baltimore; and a brother, Dr. James Sennott of Bloomington, Ill.

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