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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.