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Roger William Riis

Roger William Riis, American writer, publicist. Served with United States Naval Intelligence, 1917-1918; member Free Denmark.


  • Riis, Roger William was born on March 15, 1894 in Richmond Hill, New York, United States. Son of Jacob A. and Elisabeth (Nielsen) Riis.

  • Education

    • Grad The Hill School, Pottstown, Pennsylvania, 1913. Bachelor of Arts, Williams College, 1917, honorary Master of Arts, 1943.


    • Began as reporter, New York Sun, 1917. Associate editor, American Legion Weekly, 1920. Associate editor, Collier’s Weekly, 1921-1922.

      Free lance public relations and publicity work connected with many leading corporations and movements, 1922-1942. Roving editor, Reader’s Digest, 1943.


    • Contributor numerous articles to mags.


    Served with United States Naval Intelligence, 1917-1918. Member Free Denmark.


    • Married Elizabeth Hippie, June 5, 1941.
    • father: Jacob A. Riis
    • mother: Elisabeth (Nielsen) Riis
    • spouse: Elizabeth Hippie
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    Died January 23, 1953
    (aged 58)