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columnist , foundation executive , Newspaper editor

Fred Michael Hechinger, American Newspaper editor, columnist, foundation executive.


Hechinger, Fred Michael was born on July 7, 1920 in Nuremberg, Germany. Son of Julius and Lilly (Niedermaier) Hechinger. came to the United States, 1937, naturalized, 1943.


Student, New York University, 1938. AB, City College of New York, 1943. Postgraduate, University London, 1945.

Doctor of Laws, Kenyon College, 1955. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Bates College, 1963. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Notre Dame, 1963.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Knox College, 1966. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Bard College, 1956. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Washington College, 1965.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Wilkes College, 1968. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), St. Joseph's College, 1970. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Rider College, 1972.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Paine College, 1972. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Trinity College, 1973. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), City College of New York, 1977.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), State University of New York, 1986. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Marymount Manhattan College, 1987. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Mercy College, 1988.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Franklin Pierce College, 1990. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Connecticut College, 1991.


Corresponding, London Times Ednl. Supplement, 1946-1947; educational columnist, Washington Post, 1947-1950; education editor, foreign correspondent, consultant to public, Sunday Herald, Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1947-1950; foreign correspondent, Overseas News Agency, 1948-1950; special writer, This Week magazine, 1946-1959; education editor, New York Herald Tribune, 1950-1956; associate public, The Sunday Herald, Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1956-1959; education editor, The New York Times, New York City, 1959-1969; member editorial board, The New York Times, 1969-1977; assistant editorial page editor, The New York Times, 1976; education columnist, The New York Times, 1978-1990; senior advisor, Carnegie Corporation, New York City, 1991-1995. President New York Times Company Foundation, 1977-1990.

Also board directors. Contributing editor Saturday Review, 1977-1978. Adjunct Professor CUNY, 1974-1978.

Consultant education and cultural relations division United States Military Government, summers 1948, 49. Served with Office Military Attache American Embassy, London. Also with British War Office, 1944-1946.


  • 1989 George Polk Career Award1980 Foreign Language Advocate Award, Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. 1952 James L. Fisher Award for Distinguished Service to Education1950 George Polk Award, Education Reporting1949 George Polk Award, Suburban Reporting.



President New York Times Neediest Cases Fund, 1977-1990. Member President's Commission on Foreign Languages and International Studies, 1978-1979. Vice chairman, board directors Carnegie corporation, 1985-1991.

Board directors New York Foreign Policy Association, Teachers College, Columbia University. Member advisory board Yale-New Haven Teachers program, Stanford and the Schools program Stanford University. Co-chair national advisory board Center for Study of Writing, University California, Berkeley.

Member Education Writers Association (president 1956, awards 1948, 49, 52, 64, 68, 73, 74, 76), Century Association, Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Grace Bernstein. Children: Paul David, John Edward.

Julius Hechinger

Lilly (Niedermaier) Hechinger

Grace Bernstein

Paul David Hechinger

John Edward Hechinger