Paul B. Rothgeb, 62, manager of the Washington Coliseum from 1958 to the mid-1960s and then manager of his own public relations and promotion firm, died Friday at Prince George's General Hospital in Cheverly after a heart attack.
Mr. Rothgeb came to Washington after World War II. He was general manager of the old 1line Arena from 1946 until the early 1950s, when he established a dry-cleaning firm, Sparkle Cleaners, in Kent Village, Md.
He was named manager of the Washington Coliseum in 1958 and remained there about six years. He was an advance publicity man with the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus until he opened his own publicity firm about 1970.
Mr. Rothgeb was born in Luray, Va., and served with the Naval Air Transport Command during World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of the home in Bowie; three sons, Paul Jr., of Hanover, Mass., Ronald, of Annapolis, and Frank of Alexandria; three daughters, Jennifer Rothgeb, of Seabrook, Md., Jill Strickland, of Edgewater, Md., and Joni Hinton, of Laurel; two sisters, Mildred Elizabeth Stone, of Washington, and five grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Sacred Heart Rectory Fund in Bowie.