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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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Fri., Oct. 18, 2013
Foster of J&J Tylenol Crisis PR Fame Dies
By Kevin McCauley
larry fosterLarry Foster, who led Johnson & Johnson's PR campaign during the Tylenol cyanide poisonings of 1982 and 1986, died Oct. 17. He was 88.
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Tue., Oct. 15, 2013
NY Memorial Set for Alicia Rainbolt
By Greg Hazley
alicia rainboltA New York memorial service is slated for Oct. 26 for Alicia Rainbolt, the 32-year-old VP at New York-based Lou Hammond & Associates who died Sept. 24 after a battle with brain cancer
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Tue., Oct. 8, 2013
PR Vet Charlotte Veal, 83, Dies
By Jack ODwyer
Charlotte Kelly Veal, 83, former PR director of Hearst Magazines, died Sept. 14 in New York.
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Thu., Oct. 3, 2013
Travel Pro Easter Dies at 35
By Greg Hazley
emily easterEmily Easter, a young PR pro who penned a blog on her nearly four-year battle with breast cancer, died Sept. 27. She was 35.
Category: Obituary
Fri., Aug. 9, 2013
Brain Cancer Claims Veteran LA Publicist
By Greg Hazley
eddie michaelsEddie Michaels, an entertainment PR pro who repped stars like Drew Barrymore and Jeremy Piven, died Aug. 9 after complications from brain cancer. He was 49.
Category: Obituary
Tue., Jul. 30, 2013
Canadian PR Leader Beauregard Dies at 72
By Kevin McCauley
luc beauregardLuc Beauregard, founder of Canada's No. 1 PR firm National Public Relations, died July 26, the night before his 72nd birthday.
Category: Obituary
Tue., Jul. 16, 2013
Al Croft, Consultant to PR Firms, Dies at 87
By Jack ODwyer
Al CroftAlvin "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.
Category: Obituary
Fri., Jun. 21, 2013
Gandolfini Was Much More Than Tony Soprano
By Kevin McCauley
gandofiniThe 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.
Category: Obituary
Wed., May 8, 2013
Corporate, Academic Pro Felton Dies at 84
By Greg Hazley

Jack FeltonJack Felton, a veteran corporate and military communicator who led PRSA and the Institute for PR, died May 2. He was 84.

Category: Obituary
Wed., Mar. 20, 2013
Former KCSA Partner Dies at 77
By Greg Hazley
Joe MansiJoe Mansi, a longtime agency and corporate PR exec who was a managing partner at KCSA Strategic Communications in New York, died March 18. He was 77.
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