Feb. 5, 1928 – Oct. 12, 2012
Robert Meister, a wire editor with The Buffalo News for 35 years, died unexpectedly Friday in Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, Mass., after he suffered a fall in his home in the Boston suburb of Brookline. He was 84.
A native of the Bronx, he was a graduate of New York University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and he was editor of the NYU student newspaper. He also was a graduate of DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx.
Mr. Meister once headed the newsroom for the Far East Network of the Armed Forces Radio Service in Tokyo, and he worked for the Stars and Stripes newspaper in the Pacific before he joined what then was The Buffalo Evening News staff in 1958.
While serving in the Army around 1950, he was a sergeant on the staff of Stars and Stripes. He was a civilian employee of the Armed Forces Radio Service from 1951 to 1953.
He then served as assistant wire news editor for the Spokesman Review newspaper in Spokane, Wash., from 1953 to 1958.
He worked at The Buffalo Evening News from 1958 to 1993, first as assistant wire editor handling national and foreign news dispatches, and rising to the position of wire editor, for which he arose in the middle of the night to begin work for the afternoon editions of the newspaper.
As one of key editors with The News, Mr. Meister remained at work through the Blizzard of 1977, sleeping one night under his desk when most of the staff was marooned by the storm.
During his years at the newspaper, he and his wife, the former Amy June Rosenberg, lived in the Town of Tonawanda.
In addition to his work at The News, Mr. Meister also edited the Buffalo Jewish Review for many years.
He was a member of Sigma Delta Chi, the Society of Professional Journalists; the former Buffalo Press Club; and Temple Beth Zion of Buffalo.
After his retirement in 1993, Mr. Meister and his wife enjoyed traveling, especially to Europe to visit with relatives.
Surviving, besides his wife of nearly 61 years, are two daughters, Maureen and Shelley; and a sister, Natalie Marks.
A memorial service will be scheduled in November in the Boston area.