Robert Stein, former Daily News copyboy who became top editor at Redbook and McCall’s, dies at 90

July 16, 2014

The World War II veteran, who survived the Battle of the Bulge, began his career at The News as a copyboy before going on to establish a storied career in publishing that found him rising to editor in chief of Redbook and McCall’s magazines, and teaching courses on magazine writing, editing and publishing at Columbia, NYU and his alma mater CCNY.

BY Larry Mcshane

July 15, 2014

Robert Stein, who rose from Daily News copyboy to editor in chief at Redbook and McCall’s magazines in an illustrious seven-decade career, has died. He was 90.

The Harlem native passed away July 9 at his son’s home in Westport, Conn. Stein, the son of an immigrant pawn shop owner, was also a World War II veteran and survivor of the Battle of the Bulge.

Stein graduated from City College of New York and launched his career with The News before beginning his ascent through the publishing industry.

He eventually became publisher of the Saturday Review Press, media critic at New York Magazine, and editor in chief at McCall’s and Redbook.

Stein was the author of two books, and wrote an assortment of articles for New York Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Newsday, the Columbia Journalism Review and other publications.

He taught courses on magazine writing, editing and publishing at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, New York University and his alma mater CCNY.

Stein continued writing long after his 1986 “retirement” and was a finalist for the 2008 Weblog Awards for his popular Connecting the Dots site.

He is survived by two ex-wives, Dorothy Price Weichel and Lois Brenner; three sons, Gregory, Keith and Clifford; a stepdaughter, Stephanie Weiss; and three grandchildren.

Originally posted by The Daily News