Tom Harris
Tom Harris

Tom 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.

Harris teamed with Al Golin in 1978 to form GH, after having founded Foote, Cone & Belding Public Relations, where he also served as president, in 1973.

He also held executive posts at Edelman; Needham, Harper & Steers (now DDB); and North Advertising.

After Golin, Harris started his own agency, working with such clients as Allstate Insurance, Gillette and Procter & Gamble.

“Tom not only was a smart and influential PR person in his own right, he was instrumental in growing Golin into a marketing PR powerhouse,” said Golin vice chair Ellen Ryan Mardiks in a statement on Golin’s website. “We don’t have Harris in our name anymore, but we do have his legacy in our client base and in our people.”