February 5, 1928 – October 12, 2012
Robert Meister Oct. 12, age 84, of Brookline, Mass. Bob was born Feb. 5, 1928, in the Bronx, New York City, the son of Blanche (Fleishman) and George Meister. He was a graduate of De Witt Clinton High School, in the Bronx, where he was president of the Class of '45. He began his studies at New York University, then entered the U.S. Army, serving as a reporter in Tokyo on Stars and Stripes, Pacific, from 1946-48. Returning to New York University, he majored in journalism, was editor of the student paper, and graduated in 1950. Bob then returned to Tokyo during the American occupation of Japan. He worked as a civilian employee for the Army Signal Corps; International News Service, 1950-51; and the Far East Network of the Armed Forces Radio Service, heading its newsroom, 1951-53. While working in Tokyo, he met Amy June Rosenberg, whom he married Nov. 21,1951. In 1953, the couple moved to Spokane, Wash., where Bob became the assistant wire editor of the Spokesman Review. Five years later, in 1958, they moved to Buffalo, N.Y., where Bob worked on the copy desk of the Buffalo Evening News, then the wire desk handling national and international news, eventually becoming the wire editor. During the Blizzard of '77, when most residents were not allowed to drive on the roads, Bob was provided with identification stating he was an "essential employee" of the News. He was part of the team staying at the paper so that news coverage continued. He even spent one night sleeping under his desk. In addition to his employment at the News, he edited the Buffalo Jewish Review for many years. He and his wife also were active members of Temple Beth Zion. After retirement, the couple moved to Ivoryton, Conn., in 1994, then Brookline, Mass., in 2003. They have been active members of Temple Sinai. Survivors include his wife, Amy June, their daughters and sons-in-law Maureen Meister and David Feigenbaum of Winchester, Mass., and Shelley Meister and James Batty of Penzance, Cornwall, England; grandchildren Peter Feigenbaum of Brooklyn, N.Y., Stephen Feigenbaum of New Haven, Conn., and Bailey Batty of Penzance; and sister Natalie (Meister) Marks of Livingston, N.J.
Shiva at his late residence on Monday, Oct. 15, beginning at 7:30 p.m. A memorial service is being planned for November. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701, or to Temple Sinai, 50 Sewall Ave., Brookline, MA 02446.
Arrangements by the Levine Chapels, Brookline, MA. 617-277-8300 www.levinechapel.com
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Judi and Ron Lasser
October 31, 2012
Amy June, Maureen, and Shelley:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Bob Meister was a kind, gentle, warm, and gracious man. We enjoyed his company.
October 23, 2012
What a lovely gentleman, and a consummate newsman. Mike and I were so sorry to hear this news. Amy June, your family is in our thoughts.
-- Chris Dodd
Sharon, Rich and Molly Solomon
October 22, 2012
Dear Maureen, David, Peter and Stephen, We were so sorry to hear of the death of your father and grandfather's death. May his memory be for a blessing. Fondly, Sharon, Rich and Molly Solomon
October 19, 2012
I worked alongside Bob at the Buffalo Evening News on the telegraph desk 1967-72... I had just moved over from sports, a frightening career change, and Bob was so considerate, kind and instructive... a very humorous man, too... I was sorry to read of his being called up, a feeling somewhat mixed by the marvelous memories I had of him... condolences to all.. a good, honest, sincere man and a tireless worker... not a close friend, but a good one...
October 18, 2012
Amy June, Shelley, and Maureen:
Thinking of you right now, and so very sorry to hear of Bob's passing.
Sabrina Quintana, D.M.A.
October 17, 2012
Thoughts and prayers to Maureen, David and Stephen.
October 16, 2012
Hello Amy June, Maureen, Shelley and Family,
I was sad to hear of your dad's death. My memories of him are full of his smile, his laugh, his easy way of joking around and friendly attitude towards me and all my family. I know he was a special man.
Fondly, Mary Sing and family in Kensington, MD.