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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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Tue., Jun. 3, 2014
Werner, Ketchum's Pittsburgh Chief, Dies at 80
By Kevin McCauley
 
larry wernerLarry Werner, former partner/director/executive VP of Ketchum PR in Pittsburgh, died June 2 after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80.
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Thu., Apr. 24, 2014
Legendary Lobbyist Bob Gray Dies at 92
By Kevin McCauley
 
bob grayBob 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.
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Mon., Apr. 14, 2014
Notre Dame's Frick Dies at 89
By Kevin McCauley
 
frickJim Frick, one-time VP-PR for Notre Dame and the first lay officer at the Catholic institution, is dead at 89. He passed April 9 at his home in Naples, FL.
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Thu., Mar. 13, 2014
NY PR Pro Dan Roher Dies at 88
By Greg Hazley
 

dan roherDan Roher, a 30-year New York PR pro who built and ran Roher PR until 1996, died March 5. He was 88.

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Tue., Mar. 4, 2014
Agency Founder and NY PR Counselor DeBow Dies at 81
By Greg Hazley
 
jay debowJay 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.
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Mon., Mar. 3, 2014
Orioles PR Director Dies at 36
By Greg Hazley
 
monica barlowMonica Barlow, the 36-year-old director of PR for the Baltimore Orioles, died Feb. 28 after a four-year battle with lung cancer.
Category: Obituary
Wed., Feb. 5, 2014
NY PR Pro Behind Cabbage Patch Kids Craze Dies at 86
By Jack O'Dwyer
 
dick weinerRichard Weiner, 86, a native of Brooklyn who built a PR firm that billed $4.5 million and had 83 employees in 1985, and who sold it to BBDO in 1986, died in Miami Jan. 29.
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Mon., Jan. 27, 2014
Bill Kresse, Longtime O'Dwyer's Illustrator, Dies
By Jon Gingerich
 
bill kresseWilliam “Bill” Kresse, a professional illustrator and cartoonist who spent his later years providing illustrations for O'Dwyer's magazine, passed away on January 21. He was 80 years old.
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Thu., Jan. 9, 2014
Weber Shandwick Exec Killed in Plane Crash
By Greg Hazley
 

chris neumannWeber Shandwick VP Christopher Neumann died Jan. 6 after a single-engine plan crash while en route to the Detroit suburb of Troy, Mich.

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Thu., Jan. 9, 2014
Ney Dies at 88
By Kevin McCauley
 
ed neyEd Ney, former CEO of Young & Rubicam, died Jan. 8 at the age of 88.
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Fri., Dec. 6, 2013
Wes Pedersen, Gov't Communicator and PR Pro, Dies at 91
By Greg Hazley
 
pedersenWes 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.
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Mon., Oct. 21, 2013
Ruth Edelman Dies at 84
By Greg Hazley
 
edelmanRuth 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.
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