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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. (1 reader comment)

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)

Rockey Dies at 90

Tue, Mar. 13, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Jay RockeyJay Rockey, who built The Rockey Co. into the largest PR firm in the Pacific Northwest and sold the shop to Hill and Knowlton in 2000, died Feb. 24. He was 90. (1 reader comment)

Longtime American Air PR Exec Fagan Dies at 63

Mon, Feb. 12, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Mary Frances FaganMary Frances Fagan, who served in the American Airlines corporate PR department for 23 years, died Feb. 4 of complications from brain cancer. She was 63.

Legendary PR Man Herb Schmertz Dies at 87

Mon, Jan. 22, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Herb SchmertzHerb Schmertz, the combative Mobil Oil PR exec who pioneered the use of “advertorials” to take on critics of Big Oil, died Jan. 17 from congestive heart failure. He was 87. (2 reader comments)

Peter Osgood, ex-Byoir and H&K, Dies at 76

Fri, Jul. 28, 2017

By Jack O'Dwyer

Peter OsgoodPeter Greer Osgood, 76, vice chairman of Hill & Knowlton from 1986-91 after serving as president/CEO of Carl Byoir & Assocs. from 1983-86, died July 22 in Sedgwick, Me.