Roger E. Axtell

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”

~ William Arthur Ward


During Roger E. Axtell's 30-year career as Vice-President Worldwide Marketing with Parker Pen Company, he directed operations in Europe, Africa, Latin America and eventually the world. He was admired by many and was recognized as the leading expert on do's and taboos and was credited as one of the country's most entertaining and informative speakers. Axtell also authored more than ten Do's and Taboos books, including the most recent

Essential Do's and Taboos: The Complete Guide to International Business and Leisure Travel.

The New Yorker referred to Roger Axtell as an international Emily Post.

One of Alinda Lewris' most cherished statements
published by Axtell is:

"...I wish to congratulate Alinda Lewris for her hard work in crossing new borders by promoting an all inclusive community and elevating the professionalism of international protocol, etiquette and civility."

~ Roger E. Axtell



Roger E. Axtell
9 February 1926 – 28 February 2012

International Association of Protocol Consultants® & Officers™
Charter Member | Independent Education Oversight Committee Member
Advisor Certification Council | Recipient IAPC Outstanding Achievement Award
2002 - 2012

My friend and colleague, ROGER E. AXTELL, died unexpectedly
on 28 February 2012 while wintering in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was 80 years young.

I had the honor of working with Roger for more than a decade on many educational projects, including our most recent work on a new book proposal. He was always generous with his time especially regarding my endless inquiries on subjects about international travel and cultural differences.

Roger was the perfect gentleman. I will forever and ever miss him ...

~ Alinda Lewris