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Edwin Frederick Nieder


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     October 12, 1932 - July 22, 2016 Edwin F. Nieder, a public relations executive whose nearly 30-year tenure at AT&T included the breakup of the Bell System, died in Los Angeles on July 22 after fighting lung cancer for nearly three years. He was 83.


     A former newspaper man, Nieder joined the public relations department of Pacific Telephone in 1960. After two decades with both Pacific Bell and AT&T, Nieder was back at AT&T in New York in 1982 when he helped develop the communication plan for the company after the U.S Justice Department ordered AT&T Corp to divest its ownership stake in the regional telephone companies. Nieder went on to head public relations at Bellcore, the research and development division that split from Bell Labs after the breakup.


     After retiring in 1988, Nieder formed a public relations consultancy with his wife, Patricia K. Nieder, also a former journalist and public relations executive.


     Born in 1932 in Ft. Lupton, Colo., Nieder was the youngest of four children of German immigrants Carl Frederick Nieder and Lydia Brunner Nieder. Carl came to the U.S. from Germany; his wife was born in a German colony near the Volga River in Russia. Her journey as a "Volga German" who left Russia, arrived at Ellis Island in 1907 and eventually settled in Colorado inspired a series of books Ed Nieder was working on in the later years of his life.


     Nieder began his journalism studies at Colorado A & M, now Colorado State University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado and then pursued graduate studies at University of Missouri's famed journalism school, where he met and married his wife Pat. The two had been married for 56 years at the time of his death.


     A veteran, Nieder was drafted into the U.S. Army and was among the soldiers who witnessed the military's atomic bomb tests in Nevada.


     Before moving to Los Angeles in 2005, Nieder and his wife lived for 30 years in Montclair, N.J., where he spent his free time building a vast home library that included every Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. A voracious reader, Nieder could often be found at the end of the day in his library with a book and a Great Dane sleeping at his feet.


     He was a lifelong Yankees fan who preferred to listen to games on the radio-or, better yet, read about them in the newspaper. Nieder lived on the same block in Montclair as Yankee catcher Yogi Berra. A long-held dream was realized in 1989, when Nieder interviewed Berra for a Montclair State University magazine.


     Survivors include, in addition to his wife, daughters Christina Nieder and her husband Kenneth Koinberg of Jackson Heights, N.Y., and Alison A. Nieder and her husband John Bramlett of Los Angeles, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Published in the Los Angeles Times on July 28, 2016
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