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Adam Albert Smyser

Adam Albert Smyser, American newspaper editor. Recipient Distinguished Alumnus award Pennsylvania State University, 1976, Hawaii's Outstanding Journalist award, 1989, Award for Distinguished Contribution to Hawaii Journalism Honolulu Cmty.-Medic Council, 1994, award for promotion of the United States-Asia/Pacific relations Pacific and Asian Affairs Council, 1994, honoree National Society Arts and Letters, Hawaii chapter, 1998.


  • Smyser, Adam Albert was born on December 18, 1920 in York, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Adam Milton and Miriam (Stein) Smyser.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Pennsylvania State University, 1941.


    • Rewrite man Pittsburgh Press, 1941-1942. With Honolulu Star-Bulletin, from 1946, city editor, 1953-1960, managing editor, 1960-1965, editor, 1966-1975, editor editorial page, 1975-1983, contributing editor, from 1983. Member Pulitzer Journalism Awards Jury, 1970.


    • Author: Hawaii's Future in the Pacific: Disaster, Backwater or Future State?, 1988, Hawaii as an East-West Bridge, 1990. Past freelance writer McGraw-Hill magazines.


    Chairman temporary commission on statewide environmental planning, 1973. Board directors Corporation for Community television. Chairman steering committee Governor's Congress on Hawaii's International Role, 1988.

    Member community advisory board Tokai University Pacific Center. Member Governor's Blue Ribbon Panel on Living and Dying With Dignity, 1997-1998. Lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1946, PTO. Member Hawaii Economic Association, Honolulu Social Science Association, Honolulu Academy Arts, American Society Newspaper Editors, Japan-American Society Hawaii, Honolulu Cmty.-Media Council, Honolulu Press Club (named to Hall of Fame 1987), Honolulu Rotary.


    • Married Elizabeth Harrison Avery, December 25, 1943 (deceased 1983). Children: Heidi, Avery. Married Doris H. Prather, April 24, 1984.
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    Born December 18, 1920
    Died March 19, 2001
    (aged 80)
    • 1941
      Pennsylvania State University
    • 1941 - 1942
      Rewrite man Pittsburgh Press
    • 1953 - 1960
      with Honolulu Star-Bulletin
    • 1960 - 1965
      with Honolulu Star-Bulletin
    • 1966 - 1975
      with Honolulu Star-Bulletin
    • 1975 - 1983
      with Honolulu Star-Bulletin