Hyman “Hy” Kuperstein of Springfield died Dec. 24, 2014. He was born and raised in Newark and lived in Springfield since 1960.
Mr. Kuperstein’s early ambition was to become an attorney, but he became interested in journalism after he was asked by a family friend to write a column for a local community newspaper at age nine, receiving a byline.
He graduated from Rutgers University School of Journalism, becoming the first member of his class to be hired by the Newark Evening News. He also worked on the New York Post rewrite bank. In 1973, he joined the staff of the Anti-Defamation League, handling media and particularly TV news, the latter of which had generally been ignored by ADL. In 1990, he left ADL and formed Barnett Communications, Media Consultants.
He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran who had to cheat on his eye examination and required an operation on his left hand, which had been injured in an accident, to qualify for military service.
He was copresident of the men’s club at Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael, Springfield, for the past six years, and was active in B’nai B’rith. He was also an associate member of Hadassah.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor (Simon); his daughter, Susan J. (Stuart) Weinshanker of La Jolla, Calif.; two sons, Samuel of Springfield and Matthew (Sabrina) of New Haven, Conn.; and four grandchildren.
Services were held Dec. 26 with arrangements by Ross’ Shalom Chapels, Springfield.