In Memoriam: Stephen Kezerian, Former News Bureau Director and Press Officer

Stephen A. Kezerian, former director of the Yale University News Bureau, died on March 9, in Berkeley, California, of natural causes at age 87.

Kezerian was the press and public information officer for Yale for 37 years. He retired in 1985, and was science editor for the Yale Alumni Magazine for two years.

In addition to his administrative work, he had an adjunct appointment to the faculty in 1969 and 1971 as lecturer in English, teaching creative writing in Yale’s undergraduate residential colleges.

He was a member of Yale President Kingman Brewster’s committee that established and administered the Poynter Visiting Fellowship in Journalism. He was on the advisory committee of two student organizations, the Yale Scientific Magazine, and the Yale Broadcasting Company.

He served as chair of the Ivy League Public Relations Group in 1958-1959 and in 1966-1967. He was a member of the National Association of Science Writers and of the American College Public Relations Association; he was chair of the association’s New England Section in 1956-1957.

Kezerian joined the Yale News Bureau staff as an editorial assistant in 1948. He was promoted to assistant director in 1952, and was appointed director in January 1954, when the former director, Richard C. Lee, resigned to become mayor of New Haven.

He was active in a number of civic organizations and served on the North Branford (Conn.) Board of Education 1959-1963.

He was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, the former Virginia Ann Thomas. He is survived by his two daughters and their families: Susan Frixione, who lives in Leona Valley, California, with her husband Patricio and children, Stephanie and Melissa; and Amy Mosley, who lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband Mark and children, Sarah and Thomas.

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