Herb 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.

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The former Army combat correspondent and Purple Heart Award recipient launched Herbert M. Kraus & Co. in the 1950s with American Jewish Committee, State of Israel Bonds and Chicago Committee for the Truman Presidential Library and Museum among charter clients, according to press reports.

Known for his quick wit and sharp writing skills, Kraus hired many of the Windy City’s leading PR people, recruiting many of them right from college.

In 1973, he merged his firm into Manning, Selvage and Lee and managed its Midwest office.

Kraus took the helm of Kraus Dunham Nickolich PR ten years later and then re-established it under his own name before retiring in 2007.

In 2006, the Publicity Club of Chicago honored Kraus with its Golden Trumpet Award for Lifetime Achievement.