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MEISTER, Robert 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 , 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701, or to Temple Sinai, 50 Sewall Ave., Brookline, MA 02446. Levine Chapels, Brookline 617-277-8300 www.levinechapel.com

Published in The Boston Globe on Oct. 15, 2012
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