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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.
Richard 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.
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.
Alvin "Al" Colborn Croft, author of Managing a PR Firm for Growth & Profit and 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.