Robert Brandt of St. Michaels has Passed


Robert Frederic Brandt, III of St. Michaels, MD died on Friday, December 28th, 2018 at Talbot Hospice.

Born in Louisville, KY on September 17, 1946, he was the son of the late Robert Frederic Brandt, Jr. and Dorothea Burton Brandt. Robert is survived by his wife Walda DuPriest-Brandt; sister, Ann Clayton Brandt of Versailles, KY; and his niece Andrea Leigh Hale and her wife Maureen
Hershman of Richmond, Va.

He was a graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism where he was managing editor of the student paper, “The Kernel.” He received an award for coverage of Robert Kennedy’s campaign in Kentucky.

Upon graduation he began his career at the “Hartford Courant.” He later worked at the “Tampa Tribune,” “Miami Herald” and “Washington Star” before moving to
“Newsday” on Long Island, NY.

During his 20-year career at “Newsday,” the newspaper received 11 Pulitzer Prizes for its news reporting. He eventually became Managing Editor and Vice
President of Operations. “Newsday” developed from a regional newspaper to a world class newspaper -and a total redesign on his watch.
From 1998-2001, he served as a judge for the Hearst Journalism Awards Program, helping to groom college students for careers in the field.

He served as Chairman of the Board of the Guide Dog Foundation based in Smithtown, NY. Several guide dogs were named “Bob” in his honor.
In 2001, Brandt retired from “Newsday.” He and his wife moved to St. Michaels, MD where he volunteered with “Christmas in St. Michaels” and served on the
board of the Talbot Humane Society, Inc.

In 2013, he published “Chameleon: The True Story of an Imposter’s Remarkable Odyssey” after several years of research
and travel to Brooklyn, NY and Caracas, Venezuela where his character had lived.

He had a life-long interest in music, stemming from playing guitar and singing in rock and roll bands in Louisville and Richmond, KY which played locally and
regionally. One band backed up Ike and Tina Turner in concert and toured with the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, January 5th, 2019 from 10am until the time of the service at 11am at the Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A.,
200 S. Harrison Street, Easton, MD.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, 371 E. Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787 or the Talbot Humane Society, Inc., 7894 Ocean Gateway, Easton, MD 21601.

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