Richard Regis

Richard Regis

Tuesday, July 22nd, 1952 - Friday, June 12th, 2020
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Richard Regis died just short of his 68 birthday on June 12 at New York Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital with his wife, Janet R. Brandstrader, and daughter, Nora Regis, at his side. Regis was an old school journalist who won the New York Press Association Award and was honored by the Herbert Bayard Swope Memorial Award for his work with the Staten Island Register before moving to the Wall Street Journal in 1981. He shares the Pulitzer prize with the WSJ staff for its coverage of the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001, an event where he incurred severe injuries that eventually led to his death of respiratory failure from COPD.

Like his father, Richard was born in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. He was the only son of George Regis and Rose Cairo and only grandson to Andrea Cairo and Ermalinda Carretto and Anita Arrigoni and Alfredo Regis. The last of this line of Piedmontese Italians, he was baptized at St. Columba on 25th Street across from the building where they all lived. He attended Monsignor Farrell High School in Staten Island and Hunter College.

Caustic but kind, he was a favorite in the newsroom for his fairness and integrity. His sartorial elegance was legendary. Besides newspapers, he loved literature, cooking and music. After spending many of his high school weekends at the Fillmore East, the Academy of Music, and CBGB’s, he became a founding subscriber of Lincoln Center’s Jazz for Young People program.

Besides, Jan and Nora, he leaves behind his sister, Linda Regis Caratasios, and many in-laws, out-laws, nephews and nieces, who brought so much pleasure to his life. If you wish to honor Rich, please donate to Doctors Without Borders in his name.

In Lieu of Flowers please send all donations to: Doctors without Borders
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Bill Daddi

Posted at 03:23pm
Rich was my editor at the Staten Island Register and a great mentor and friend. I will always remember him.
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Thornton Sanders

Posted at 03:21pm
It was delightful to be in the presence of Richard Regis. My condolences to Janet and Nora. R.I.P. Richard.

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