Bob Gray, whose clients included Haitian dictator "Baby Doc" Duvalier, the Church of Scientology, Teamsters and Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, died April 18 from heart troubles at a Miami hospital.
Jay DeBow, a financial and corporate agency pro who built Jay DeBow & Partners over 30 years in New York before selling to Omnicom in the early 1990s, died Feb. 24 in Florida after a four-year bout with Parkinson’s disease. He was 81.
Wes Pedersen, a veteran government communicator and public affairs counselor whose prolific writings on PR, policy and grammar were well-known to readers of the Washington Post and O'Dwyer's, died from a heart ailment Dec. 4 in Bethesda, Md. He was 91.
Ruth Edelman, who helped her husband, Dan, build the Edelman PR empire from a small Chicago start-up firm, died Oct. 20 in Chicago, following an eight-month battle with acute myloid leukemia. She was 84.
Alvin "Al" Colborn Croft, author of Managing a PR Firm for Growth & Profitand publisher of the monthly newsletter Management Strategies for PR Firms, died June 19 in the Village of Oak Creek, Ariz. He was 87.
The media are filled with well-deserved appreciations of James Gandolfini of "The Sopranos," but a more intriguing aspect of his life was his support for wounded combat veterans and community media in downtown Manhattan.
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