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Al Golin, the original public relations counsel to McDonald’s and founder of the Chicago-based firm Golin, died April 8 at age 87. (5 reader comments)
Howard Blankman, 91, a PR counselor who was a leader in community affairs and an accomplished composer and musician, died March 17 in his home in Port Washington, L.I.
Joyce Newman, 74, founder of The Newman Group, New York, who showed professionals and celebrities in the U.S. and abroad how to improve their skills in presentations and media interviews, died Jan. 7.
Jonathan Rinehart, former journalist for Time and Newsweek who carved out a career in investor relations and corporate takeover strategy, died in New York Aug. 30 at age 86.
John Martin Meek, a former political speechwriter who spent nearly 40 years as a Washington, D.C. public affairs executive, died on March 11 at age 86. (1 reader comment)
Gerald Wollan, 93, who retired in 1987 as vice chairman of Padilla & Speer, Minneapolis, died Dec. 15.
Anne Gaylor, principal founder of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which was a pioneer supporter of abortion rights and which later became a foe of Jewish religious boundaries called eruvim, died June 14 in Fitchburg, Wis. She was 88.