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PR Pro Van Vechten Dies at 75

Mon, Jul. 13, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Jay Van VechtenJay Van Vechten, who ran Van Vechten & Co. PR firm for 32 years and was an advocate for disabled people, died July 11 in Boca Raton. He was 75.

Boston PR Pro Morrissey Dies at 51

Tue, May 26, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Donna MorrisseyDonna Morrissey, who served as spokeswoman for the Boston Archdiocese during the sex abuse scandal, died May 22 from complications related to COVID-19. She was 51.

Ex-MSL President Tsokanos Dies From COVID-19

Mon, Apr. 20, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Jim TsokanosJim Tsokanos, former president of MSL Group, died April 17 from COVID-19. He spent a dozen years at the now Publicis Groupe unit before exiting in 2012.

News Anchor Jim Lehrer Dies at 85

Thu, Jan. 23, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Jim LehrerJim Lehrer, who teamed with Robert MacNeil in 1975 to launch “The MacNeil/Lehrer Report” on PBS, died today. He was 85. (2 reader comments)

Fashion PR Icon Filipowski Dies at 58

Wed, Jan. 15, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Ed FilipowskiEd Filipowski, who handled public relations for many of the world’s top fashion brands, including Tom Ford, Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Versace and Marc Jacobs, died on Jan. 10. (1 reader comment)

PR Legend Harold Burson Dies at 98

Fri, Jan. 10, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Harold BursonHarold Burson, co-founder of Burson-Marsteller and one of the most influential figures in PR history, has passed away at the age of 98. (3 reader comments)


Real Estate PR Vet Craig Bloomfield Dies

Mon, Dec. 2, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Craig BloomfiedCraig Bloomfield, who was a senior consultant, content development with Akrete as well as collaborating with such marketing services companies as Belniak Media and KTPR Communications, died unexpectedly on Nov. 30.

Cable TV PR Pioneer Sando Dies at 71

Fri, Sep. 6, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Arthur SandoArthur Sando, who was PR executive at the fledgling Turner Broadcasting and CNN, died of an apparent heart attack on Sept. 3 at Georgetown University Hospital. He was 71.

UK PR Legend Tim Bell Dies at 77

Mon, Aug. 26, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Tim BellControversial British PR man Tim Bell, who made his name as Margaret Thatcher’s image-maker, died Aug 25. He was 77.

WaPo Calls O'Dwyer 'Soul, Conscience' of PR

Tue, Dec. 25, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Jack O'DwyerThe Washington Post remembers Jack O'Dwyer as the 'soul and conscience of the PR industry." His PR newsletter "made him an industry watchdog and, in the view of many, raised the standards of the PR profession." (1 reader comment)

Jack O'Dwyer, Chronicler of PR, Dies

Thu, Dec. 20, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Jack O'DwyerJack O'Dwyer, who launched his pioneering Jack O'Dwyer's Newsletter 50 years ago, died Dec. 19. He was 85. (75 reader comments)

Gwinavere Johnston Dies at 75

Wed, Nov. 7, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Gwinavere JohnstonGwinavere Johnston, who founded her Denver PR firm in 1975, died Nov. 1 by taking advantage of Colorado’s medical-aid-in-dying law after struggling with her diagnosis of progressive supranuclear palsy. (3 reader comments)

PR Counselor/Educator Koprowski Dies

Fri, Sep. 7, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Ken KropowskiKen Koprowski, former VP-communications at General Electric, New York University adjunct professor and head of his own PR firm, has died.


Rogers & Cowan's Bloch Dies at 78

Mon, May 28, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Paul BlochPaul Bloch, who was chairman of Hollywood PR powerhouse Rogers & Cowan, died May 25 after a long illness. He was 78.

McGrath Dies at 81

Tue, May 15, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Dennis McGrathDennis McGrath, a former president/CEO of Mona, Meyer, McGrath & Gavin, died May 13. He was 81.

Louisiana PR Legend Weill Dies

Wed, Apr. 18, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Gus WeillGus Weill, Louisiana PR man, political strategist and writer, died April 13 at a hospice in Baton Rouge. He was 85. (2 reader comments)

Tom Harris Dies at 87

Wed, Mar. 28, 2018

By Steve Barnes

Tom HarrisTom Harris, who served as president and partner of Golin Harris as well as being an author, independent management consultant and adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, died March 26 after a long illness. (1 reader comment)