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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 10:53 a.m., Wednesday, November 2, 2005

Robert Rees, columnist, dead at 67

Advertiser Staff

Robert M. Rees, a columnist and regular host of radio and television talk shows, died Tuesday at his Kailua home after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 67.

Rees was born in San Diego in 1938. He was a graduate of Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley and Columbia University. He also served with the Marine Corps, drove a taxi in New York City and worked in advertising where he handled the Volkswagen and Porsche/Audi account for 20 years.

He moved to Hawai'i in 1986 and taught American Studies at the University of Hawai'i for 10 years.

Until recently, he moderated a weekly show on public television, Channel 54's "Counterpoint." He also served as a host on Hawai'i Public Radio's "Talk of the Islands." Rees was a frequent contributor to The Honolulu Advertiser.

Rees is survived by his wife of 44 years, Keene; a son, Kendall of Dallas; and a daughter, Liz of Honolulu.

There will be no funeral service. The family will scatter his ashes at sea.