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Mon., Mar. 14, 2016
Meek, Former Edelman Executive, Washington Speechwriter, Dies at 86
By Jon Gingerich
 
John Martin MeekJohn 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)
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Mon., Feb. 22, 2016
Rogers Group Founder Ron Rogers Dies at 72
By Jon Gingerich
 
Ron RogersRon Rogers, founder and CEO of Los Angeles-based The Rogers Group, died on Friday at the age of 72.
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Tue., Jan. 5, 2016
Hollywood Publicist Murray Weissman Dies at 90
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

Murray WeissmanMurray Weissman, a partner in Weissman/Markovitz Communications, Los Angeles, a leading publicist for many years, died Dec. 28 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 90.

 
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Mon., Dec. 21, 2015
Gerald Wollan, 93, Ex-Vice Chair, Padilla/CRT, Dies at 93
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

padillacrtGerald Wollan, 93, who retired in 1987 as vice chairman of Padilla & Speer, Minneapolis, died Dec. 15.

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Tue., Nov. 24, 2015
Colorado PR Institution Bill Kostka Dies at 81
By Greg Hazley
 
bill kostkaBill Kostka Jr., who inherited and grew Denver's first PR agency over a 45-year career, died Nov. 22. He was 81.
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Tue., Nov. 24, 2015
Gordon Conley, JWT PR Vet, Dies at 92
By Greg Hazley
 
J Walter ThompsonGordon Conley, a journalist and veteran PR executive at J. Walter Thompson’s PR operation, died Oct. 26 of natural causes. He was 92.
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Wed., Sep. 30, 2015
Lloyd Kaplan, PR Veteran and Mentor, Dies at 80
By Matthew Schwartz
 
Lloyd KaplanKaplan was most recently Chairman of LAK PR, where he worked with his wife of 25 years and business partner, Lisa Linden.
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Thu., Sep. 24, 2015
Yogi-isms that PR Folks Can Appreciate
By Matthew Schwartz
 
Yogi BerraFor many people (and non-sports fans, in particular), the beloved Berra will be remembered for his witticism and endearing way with words.
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Fri., Aug. 7, 2015
DCI Founder Ted Levine Dies at 88
By Greg Hazley
 
dciTed Levine, founder of travel and economic development PR powerhouse Development Counsellors International, died Aug. 6. He was 88.
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Fri., Jun. 26, 2015
Anne Gaylor, Abortion Friend, Eruv Foe, Dies at 88
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

ann gaylorAnne 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.

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Wed., Jun. 17, 2015
Alan Caruba, PR Pro and Polemicist, Dies at 77
By Greg Hazley
 
alan carubaAlan Caruba, a New Jersey PR pro, journalist and conservative writer, died June 15. He was 77.
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Wed., Jun. 3, 2015
PR Veteran Bernie Ilson Dies at 90
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

ilsonBernie Ilson, longtime New York publicist and author of Sundays with Ed Sullivan, died May 30 of natural causes.

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Thu., May 7, 2015
Omaha PR Exec Albers Dies at 48
By Kevin McCauley
 
tom albersTom Albers, who launched Albers Communications in 2000, died May 5 of an apparent heart attack. He was 48.
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Tue., Apr. 21, 2015
George Goodwin, Atlanta Media and PR Figure, Dies
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

george goodwinGeorge Goodwin of Atlanta, who won a Pulitzer Prize as reporter and went on to a career in PR that earned him the title of "Dean of PR" of Atlanta, died Jan. 21 at his home. He was 97.

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Mon., Apr. 20, 2015
PR Exec Saffir Dies
By Jack O'Dwyer
 
leonard saffirLeonard Saffir, executive VP of Porter Novelli International, New York, from 1984-1990, founder of four newspapers and author of three books, died in January in Lake Worth, Fla..
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Wed., Nov. 19, 2014
Ernie Sando, ex-Georgeson and H&K, Dies at 64
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

sandoErnest “Ernie” Sando, 64, who was at Georgeson and Co., New York, from 1979-82 and 1987-2000, when he joined Hill and Knowlton, died Oct. 31 in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

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Tue., Nov. 18, 2014
Land O'Lakes PR Exec Dies at 39
By Greg Hazley
 
michele sullivanMichele Sullivan, director of corporate communications for Land O'Lakes, died Nov. 13 after suffering from a stroke. She was 39.
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