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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.

Chicago PR Legend Kraus Dies at 95

Mon, Jun. 5, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Herb KrausHerb Kraus, the Chicago publicist who represented Inland Steel, Rev. Martin Luther King, Vienna Sausages and taught PR at Columbia College for three decades, died May 20. He was 95.

Edward Grefe, Grassroots Organizer, Died at 79

Mon, Apr. 24, 2017

By Jack O'Dwyer

Edward GrefeEdward Grefe, former New York and Washington, D.C., executive who became an authority on grassroots political campaigns, died Feb. 17, 2016. His obit was published in the April 17 Washington Post.

Pam Edstrom of WE Dies at 71

Mon, Apr. 3, 2017

By Jack O'Dwyer

Pam EdstromPam Edstrom, 71, partner and co-founder of WE Communications, who was “the commanding voice behind Microsoft’s story” as it grew into a software giant, died March 28 after a four-month battle with cancer.

Gershon Kekst Dies at 82

Thu, Mar. 23, 2017

By Jon Gingerich

Gershon KekstGershon Kekst, founder and chairman emeritus of corporate, financial and M&A communications advisory giant Kekst and Company, died on March 17. He was 82.

Media Trainer Joyce Newman, New York, Dies at 74

Thu, Jan. 12, 2017

By Jack O'Dwyer

Joyce NewmanJoyce Newman, 74, founder of The Newman Group, New York, who showed professionals and celebrities in the U.S. and abroad how to improve their skills in presentations and media interviews, died Jan. 7.

Healthcare PR Pioneer Castaldi Dies at 71

Mon, Jan. 9, 2017

By Jon Gingerich

Marilyn CastaldiMarilyn Castaldi, a healthcare PR pro who held leadership positions at Burson-Marsteller, FleishmanHillard and Hill & Knowlton Strategies, passed away on January 5. She was 71.

PR Figures Rinehart, Meek Died in 2016

Fri, Dec. 23, 2016

By Jack O'Dwyer

Jonathan RinehartJonathan Rinehart, John Meek and George Glazer were among leading PR figures and personalities who died in 2016. (1 reader comment)

George McQuade, L.A. PR Pro, Died at 64

Thu, Dec. 22, 2016

By Jack O'Dwyer

George McQuadeGeorge McQuade, 64, former news producer and anchor for NBC and CBS affiliates in Los Angeles, who had numerous PR posts as well as being West Coast correspondent for O’Dwyer’s, died Oct. 15.

Media Training Pioneer George Glazer Dies at 86

Tue, Nov. 29, 2016

By Editorial Staff

George GlazerGeorge Glazer, regarded by legendary CBS anchor Walter Cronkite as “the most trusted PR man in America” died of a heart attack Nov. 22 at his home in Palm Beach County, Florida.

PR Executive Kerr Dies at 90

Mon, Sep. 19, 2016

By Jon Gingerich

Ian KerrIan Kerr, retired PR counselor and president emeritus of the Westchester/Fairfield CT chapter of PRSA, passed away on September 16.

Hollywood Publicist Murray Weissman Dies at 90

Tue, Jan. 5, 2016

By Jack O'Dwyer

Murray WeissmanMurray Weissman, a partner in Weissman/Markovitz Communications, Los Angeles, a leading publicist for many years, died Dec. 28 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 90.