Paul Rauch, daytime legend, gone at 78


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Paul Rauch (c)Kathy HutchinsIt is with a very heavy heart Soapdom reports on the death of daytime legend, Paul Rauch.  

Rauch proved a driving force in the genre, most recently at the helm on The Young and the Restless just about up until his dying day.  

Totally pooh poohing 65 as retirement age, Rauch could not be held down.  He continued in his chosen profession well into his late 70s.

Foever dapper and distinguished, he can be seen here arriving at The Young and the Restless 38th Anniversary party hosted by the Bell family held at the Avalon Hotel  in Beverly Hills on March 19, 2011 

Rauch's career began as a music critic for a Japanese newspaper's English-language edition.  He then switched to television programming, as an exec for both CBS and Procter & Gamble. 

He is a Daytime Emmy winning producer, receiving the award for Another World in 1976 and for a children's special, Run for the Wild Fields, in 2001.  In total, he was nominated for eight Daytime Emmys, most recently in 2011 for The Young and the Restless.  

His career in daytime spanned decades and garnered him the Executive Producer role on Another World, Santa Barbara, One Life to Live, Guiding Light, and The Young and the Restless.  He co-created and also executive produced the Another World spinoff, Texas.  

Rauch is survived by his wife, two children, two step-children and several grand kids.  He will be missed by all, but his soap opera legacy will live on.  He was 78 years old.