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Former Star-Bulletin newsman Chuck Frankel dies

By Susan Essoyan

LAST UPDATED: 2:01 p.m. HST, Nov 13, 2012

Charles E. “Chuck” Frankel, who devoted much of his life to the Honolulu Star-Bulletin both as a reporter and an editor, died this morning at age 84.

Frankel, a Star-Bulletin newsman from 1960 to 1988, was rushed to the hospital after suffering an aneurysm Saturday night, according to his son, David Kimo Frankel. Family members gathered with him and had a chance to say goodbye.

“He said he had lived a good life, and he was ready to die,” Frankel said. “He told me it was time to cancel his newspaper subscription.”

Charles Frankel’s career at the Star-Bulletin covered the waterfront. He served, in his own words, as “a copy editor, reporter, three-dot gossip columnist, book reviewer, second-string drama reviewer, news editor and assistant editor of the editorial page.”

He was born Nov. 16, 1927, in Chicago. Before coming to Hawaii, he worked on the Plymouth Pilot-News in Indiana, the Pampa Daily News in Texas, the Associated Press in Ohio, Reuters in London, and the Chicago Tribune. After retiring, he and his wife Helga worked for China Daily in Beijing for a year.

In addition to his son and his wife, Frankel is survived by a grandson, Jacob, and daughter-in-law, Tanya Rubenstein.

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