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Pan Am’s Kriendler Dies at 76

Mon, Sep. 19, 2022

By Kevin McCauley

Jeffrey KriendlerJeff Kriendler, the public voice of Pan American World Airlines during its last turbulent ten years of existence, died Sept. 3 after suffering from several serious illnesses over the years. He was 76.

WordHampton’s Haweeli Dies at 68

Tue, Aug. 30, 2022

By Kevin McCauley

Steve HaweeliSteve Haweeli, founder and president of WordHampton Public Relations, died August 23 from complications of COVID-19. He was 68.

Former B-M CEO Jim Dowling Dies at 90

Sat, Dec. 18, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Jim DowlingJim Dowling, the former CEO of Burson-Marsteller who played a key role in handling Johnson & Johnson’s Tylenol crisis, died Dec. 15. He was 90.

David Finn Dies at 100

Tue, Oct. 19, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

David FinnDavid Finn, a founding father of modern PR who launched Ruder Finn in 1948 with Bill Ruder, has died. He celebrated his 100th birthday on Aug. 30.

Legendary Publicist Bobby Zarem Dies at 84

Mon, Sep. 27, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Bobby ZaremBobby Zarem, the legendary press agent who represented Hollywood’s top celebrities, died Sept. 26 of complications from lung cancer. He was 84.


Intermarket Co-Founder Zachowski Dies at 68

Tue, Sep. 14, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Matt ZachowskiMatt Zachowski, who co-founded Intermarket financial PR firm 35 years ago with Martin Mosbacher, died Sept. 12 after a long illness. He was 68.

PR Pioneer Aaron Cushman Dies at 96

Mon, Apr. 26, 2021

By Jon Gingerich

Aaron CushmanAaron Cushman, a public relations executive who counseled stars such as Milton Berle, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Sammy Davis Jr. and the Three Stooges, died on April 17. He was 96.


Limbaugh Dies at 70

Wed, Feb. 17, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Rush LimbaughRush Limbaugh, conservative talk radio host who skewered feminists, minorities, environmentalists and liberals, died today from lung cancer. He was 70.


O’Dwyer’s Columnist Goldstein Dies at 74

Fri, Feb. 12, 2021

By Jon Gingerich

GoldsteinRichard Goldstein, an O’Dwyer’s columnist specializing in financial issues affecting the public relations industry, died on February 10 at the age of 74.


E. Bruce Harrison Dies at 88

Mon, Jan. 25, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Bruce HarrisonE. Bruce Harrison, who co-founded with his wife, Patricia, one of the most successful PR firms dedicated to environmental communications, died Jan. 16. The "Dean of Green PR" was 88.


Howard Rubenstein Dies at 88

Wed, Dec. 30, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Howard RubinsteinHoward Rubenstein, who burnished the reputations of people ranging from Abe Beame to George Steinbrenner to Donald Trump, died on Dec. 29 at the age of 88.


Pinnacle Founder McCarthy Dies at 84

Tue, Dec. 29, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

Joseph McCarthyJoseph M. McCarthy, a veteran public relations and public affairs practitioner who was founding partner and chairman of global PR network Pinnacle Worldwide, died in November at age 84.

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.