Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Veteran ABA BJ Editor Joe Kizzia Dead at 85

Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Veteran ABA BJ Editor Joe Kizzia Dead at 85

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Joe Kizzia, longtime ABA Banking Journal editor and founding editor of ABA Bank Directors Briefing, died in August, after a long illness, at 85.

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A veteran of the Normandy invasion and the Battle of the Bulge, Kizzia served in the 744th Railway Operating Battalion during World War II. He graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism after the war, and began his business journalism career as a railroad business writer at Simmons-Boardman Publishing, advancing to Executive Editor of Railway Age magazine. Later, when Simmons-Boardman began publishing ABA Banking Journal for ABA under contract, Kizzia became this magazine's Managing Editor. In 1979 he became Executive Editor. He founded the monthly newsletter, ABA Bank Directors Briefing, in 1979. He retired from the magazine and the newsletter in 1993.

Kizzia grew up in small towns in Arkansas farm country. While he became a suburbanite, he could still revert to his Arkansas accent when talking banking or farming. In later years he specialized in community banking issues. He surprised more than one banker with his expert hog call, but his command of Civil War history was still more impressive. …

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