Randolph D. Brandt, 67, journalist, columnist, editor of Plano, Texas, died on October 17, 2020 of complications from cancer.
Brandt was an editor at newspapers in six states in his long and stellar career.
He began in journalism as a news reporter with his hometown newspaper, The Vineland Times Journal in N.J., working as a colleague of his legendary father, J. Delbert “Del” Brandt, who was a journalist for 74 years.
He later worked at The Press of Atlantic City as a reporter, bureau chief, copy editor and columnist. He went on to become an associate editor, city editor, managing editor, and editor at newspapers in Merced, Calif.; Norwich, Conn; Marion, Ind.; and Kent, Wash. He retired after a long and significant career at The Journal Times in Racine, Wis.
Brandt won many state, regional and national awards for his news, features, and column writing, and his multiple newspapers regularly achieved general excellence recognition. He was known in the industry for his dedication to ethnic and racial diversity in news coverage and newsroom staffing and promotions.
In retirement, he lent his writing abilities and analyses to progressive causes and candidates and was a contributing op-ed columnist at The Dallas Morning News.
He was a family historian and genealogist and researched and wrote extensively about his relatives and ancestors. He was a member of Phi Alpha Theta in recognition of conspicuous scholarship in history.
Along the way, Brandt earned a B.A. degree in history and an M.A. degree in management from Thomas Edison University in N.J.
Brandt is survived by his daughter, Mary A. Brandt and son-in-law Robert L. Pagnani of New York City; a stepdaughter, Taryn Shapiro (Daniel) of Plano, Texas; a brother, Mark “Mickey” Brandt (Cecilia) of Vineland; two sisters, Deborah Brandt (Stephen Wajda) of Ocean City, N.J.; and W. Jane Brandt of Elmer, N.J.; four step-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Bonnie J. Hollis and his stepson Timothy Hollis.
Private funeral arrangements are pending.
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