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Bess Myerson

Bess Myerson, American city official, columnist, consumer consultant. Named Woman of the Year, Anti-Defamation League, 1965; recipient Outstanding Achievement award, Hunter College, 1955, Presidential medal, 1970, Clarion award, Women in Communications.


  • Myerson, Bess was born on July 16, 1924 in New York City. Daughter of Louis and Bella Myerson.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Hunter College, 1945. Doctor of Laws, Hunter College, 1973. D.Pub. Service, Seton Hall University, 1972.

      Doctor of Humane Letters, Long Island University, 1972. Doctor of Laws, Keuka College, 1973.


    • Commissioner consumer affairs City of New York, 1969—1974. Columnist New York Daily News-Chicago Tribune Syndicate, since 1974. Broadcaster NBC Radio.

      Cultural affairs commissioner City of New York, 1983—1987. Visiting professor Hunter College, 1974. Member Commission on Critical Choices, 1975.

      Chairman Consumer Credit Counseling Service. President Women United for New York. Executive director Fashion Capital of World.

      Piano soloist Carnegie Hall, New York City, 1946. With Station WOR-television, New York City, 1947—1951. Mistress of ceremonies The Big Payoff, Columbia Broadcasting System-television, 1951—1959.

      Commercial hostess Philco Playhouse, NBC-television, 1954—1955. Television commentator Miss American Pageant, ABC, 1964—1968. Co-commentator Tournament of Roses, 1960—1968.

      Panelist I'v Got a Secret, Columbia Broadcasting System, 1958—1968. News staff Columbia Broadcasting System Broadcasting Company, 1961—1962. Hostess Women of Year, 1974, In the Public Interest, 1975.



    Member President Carter's Commission on Mental Health, President Carter's Commission on World Hunger, National Alliance to Save Energy. Chairman Hunter College Centennial Fund, New York City, 1965—1970. Chairman greater New York Bonds for Israel, 1965—1972, honorary chairman, since 1972.

    Member commission on public health New York Academy Medicine. Board directors Freedom House, Public Broadcasting Service, Citizens Union, Anti-Defamation League, Another Mother for Peace, League School for Seriously Disturbed Children, American-Israel Cultural Foundation, Public Development Corporation, Committee to Advance Goal Higher Education for Disabled in City University of New York, Metropolitan Opera.


    • 1 child Barra Grant.
    Bess Myerson
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    Born July 16, 1924
    • 1945
      Hunter College
    • 1973
      Hunter College
    • 1972
      Seton Hall University
    • 1972
      Long Island University
    • 1973
      Keuka College
    • 1969 - 1974
      Commissioner consumer affairs City of New York
    • 1974
      columnist New York Daily News-Chicago Tribune Syndicate
    • 1983 - 1987
      cultural affairs commissioner City of New York
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