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Former Star-Bulletin newsman Chuck Frankel dies

By Susan Essoyan

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LAST UPDATED: 02:01 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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admiral wrote:
Chuck Frankel was a great man: Funny, smart, fair, generous, and kind--although some wouldn't know that because he liked to feign the attitude of a grumpy, tough-guy news editor. I hope the S-A does a lengthy and full obituary. He was in the thick of Hawaii news since the first years of statehood, and continuing on after his retirement. Condolences to his family.
on November 13,2012 | 04:58PM
mitt_grund wrote:
Same here. An amazing man who never minced words. He was a frequent attendee at the Neighborhood Board where he frequently gave his observations, which were both insightful and to the point. Never got around to that promised beer with him. Will miss him.
on November 13,2012 | 06:36PM
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