(Editor's note: Bob Hollingsworth passed away Tuesday after a prolonged illness. Anyone who knew "Holly" won't be surprised to learn that he wrote his own obituary ! He probably figured it was the only way to get the facts right.
Bob Hollingsworth, a reporter, editor and editorial board member for more than 40 years, 30 of them with Newsday, died October 6 of complications related to a series of lumbar and cervical spine problems. He was 84.
Hollingsworth began his newspaper career in 1948 as weekend reporter for Newsday while he was editor of the Hofstra Chronicle, the college newspaper that is still published by the now thriving university.
He rose rapidly through the ranks, joined the copy desk, covered the two memorable Long Island Rail Road wrecks in 1950 in which more than 100 people died and was a member of the team that covered the 1952 Democratic National Convention that nominated Adlai Stevenson. Hollingsworth was also editor in charge who stopped the presses and got 35,000 copies of Newsday on the stands less than 30 minutes after it was confirmed that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated in Dallas.
Hollingsworth left Newsday in 1965, became managing editor of the Middletown, NY, Times-Herald-Record and two years later joined the copy desk at the Providence, RI, Journal. He was promoted to be the Journal's Metro Editor and later named managing editor of the Journal's now-defunct sister newspaper, The Evening Bulletin.
After a year as editor of Facts on File's annual yearbook, he rejoined Newsday in 1977, then became a member of the editorial board and wrote all of the editorials on New York City for the first six months of New York Newsday's existence.
He retired in 1989 and helped publicize Harrison J. Goldin's losing mayoral campaign. Then he and his wife, magazine writer Abby Rand, bought a small mountain weekly, the Snowmass Sun, which they ran from 1990-94. After concluding that business venture, they returned to their apartment in New York City.
Hollingsworth was born May 30, 1925, in Leominster, Mass. to the former Lyndall W. Weidner and Lawrence E. Hollingsworth, whose father owned a large retail/wholesale florist in Leominster. Both are deceased, she at age 102 in Massapequa, he at 37 in a Massachusetts hospital.
At the outbreak of World War II, Hollingsworth joined the I. S. Maritime Service, attended radio school and became a Merchant Marine Radio Officer. He served on several convoys in the North Atlantic and then was off to the Mediterranean, Suez Canal, Red Sea and the Indian Ocean, brining arms to India.
In addition to Ms. Rand, Hollingsworth is survived by four children, Lois of Warwick, RI.; Lawrence of Goleta, Calif.; Lori Murphy of Northport, NY, and Lynne of Wading River, NY; a brother, Richard Corali of Bradenton, Fla.; a half sister, Joan Eagar of Massapequa and five grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a time to be announced.