Mr. Bonanni was remembered as a publishing pioneer and a great molder of talent by a generation of top executives who got their start under him.
Said Anne Sutherland Fuchs, now senior VP-group publishing director at Hearst Magazines: "He gave me my first job in publishing at The New York Times. He was a wonderful human being, a strong mentor and great inspiration."
Longtime friend Jay Burzon, now a VP at Hachette Filipacchi, worked 14 years for Mr. Bonanni at Ladies' Home Journal and Woman's Day, and was with Mr. Bonanni when he died.
"What do you say to your coach, best friend, most severe critic, heckler, brother. You don't say goodbye. You say thanks," Mr. Burzon said.
During his career, Mr. Bonanni was group publisher of CBS Magazines, publisher of Woman's Day and president of the old Charter Publishing Co., which then included Ladies' Home Journal, Redbook and Sport. He was general manager of The New York Times Magazine in the late 1970's.