Herman Steiner (1905-1955) was the New York champion in 1929, U.S. Open champion in 1942 and 1946, and U.S. Champion in 1948. He was born in Hungary and emigrated to the United States in 1921. He died on November 25, 1955 while playing in the California State Championship. He had just played a 62 move draw against William Addison and died two hours later. The State Tournament was cancelled by the wish of the other players as a gesture of sorrow. Steiner edited the chess column of the Los Angeles Times from 1945 until his death in 1955.