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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.
Category: Obituary
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.

Category: Obituary
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.
Category: Obituary
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.
Category: Obituary
Mon., Jan. 27, 2014
Bill Kresse, Longtime O'Dwyer's Illustrator, Dies
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.
Category: Obituary
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.

Category: Obituary
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.
Category: Obituary
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.
Category: Obituary
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.
Category: Obituary
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.
Category: Obituary
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
Category: Obituary
Tue., Oct. 8, 2013
PR Vet Charlotte Veal, 83, Dies
By Jack O'Dwyer
Charlotte Kelly Veal, 83, former PR director of Hearst Magazines, died Sept. 14 in New York.
Category: Obituary
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 O'Dwyer
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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