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Arthur Z. Kamin

Arthur Z. Kamin, a former president and editor of The Daily and Sunday Register of Shrewsbury, N.J., and a former chair of the university’s board of trustees, passed away on September 22, 2015, at The Atrium at Navesink Harbor, a retirement community in Red Bank. He was 84 and previously lived in Fair Haven, N.J.

Services were private. Arrangements were by The John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank.

The causes of death were Parkinson's disease and progressive supranuclear palsy, a rare neurological disease, said his wife of more than 60 years, Virginia P. Kamin, who still lives in Fair Haven.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Blair, of Wilmette, Ill., the architecture critic of the Chicago Tribune; a daughter, Brooke Kamin Rapaport, of New York, the Martin Friedman Senior Curator at the Madison Square Park Conservancy in New York City; five grandsons; and a sister, Ceil Rubin, of Long Island, N.Y.

At Rutgers College, from which he graduated in 1954, Kamin served as editor-in-chief of The Targum. While he was editor, the newspaper published the names of fraternities that discriminated in selecting members.

"Needless to say, the fraternity men were very, very unhappy," Kamin said in a 2000 interview. "That was really the start to eliminate fraternity discrimination at Rutgers."

While at Rutgers, Kamin met his future wife, who attended New Jersey College for Women (now Douglass Residential College). He served on the university's board of trustees from 1971 to 1993 and was board chairman from 1982 to 1985.

Kamin was editor of The Register from 1965 to the mid-1980s. Under his leadership, the Register responded to postwar growth spurred by the construction of the Garden State Parkway, which transformed central New Jersey farms into residential subdivisions.

Born in South River, N.J., in 1930, Kamin was an immigrant baker's son who helped prepare buns and bread. During World War II, he drove the bakery's delivery truck even though he lacked a driver's license. Police officers looked the other way.

The Register introduced a Sunday edition in 1976 and thrived for a time, competing with the larger Asbury Park Press. The Register ceased publication in 1991.

After he left the Register, then-Gov. Thomas Kean appointed Kamin as director of the Bayshore Development Office, a partnership between the state, Monmouth County, and municipalities that sought to bring orderly growth in the Bayshore area.

Kamin later contributed articles to the New Jersey section of The New York Times; taught journalism as an adjunct instructor at Rutgers, Monmouth University, and Brookdale Community College; and penned opinion pieces that appeared in the Asbury Park Press and other New Jersey newspapers.

He was a former president of the New Jersey Press Association and a retired member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. He was a recipient of the Loyal Son of Rutgers award and the Class of 1931 Cup award. He was a member of Congregation B'nai Israel in Rumson, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Fair Haven First Aid Squad and the Arthur Z. and Virginia P. Kamin Fund for Journalism Innovation at Harvard, in care of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.

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