Monday, February 10, 2014

Richard Weiner was an Inspiration to Generations of PR Practitioners

From PR Tactics on line, February 7, 2014

Richard Weiner, APR, Fellow PRSA, a distinguished 50-plus year member of PRSA and a recipient of the Society’s prestigious Gold Anvil Award, died on Jan. 29 in Miami Beach, Fla. He was 86. (A much larger obituary followed.)

Richard Weiner, APR, Fellow PRSA

Barbara and I met Richard Weiner through Chester Burger when, in 1986, we came to work for Chet in New York. I remember being so surprised because, being an icon even then, he was so easy to talk with and so interested in what two kids from Robbinsdale Minnesota might be now doing in New York. He’d just finished one of his many dictionary projects, selling his company, and was all set to talk about those things. Instead, he was all questions and talk about us, our future with Chet, and being in New York.

Literally for the rest of his life, every once in a while a note would show up in my mail or in other ways commenting generously about something I'd written, was quoted as saying, or doing. I'm sure he was doing this for many others whose careers had come to his attention and who he felt connected to. What an amazing gift for me.

Our profession has just a handful of these extraordinary people who inspire, instruct, and motivate by example. While writing this makes me sad, I did have almost 2 generations of his gentle intermittent inspiration.

Who are the other rare and remarkable Richard Weiners of today and tomorrow?

James E. Lukaszewski, ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA is the author of Lukaszewski on Crisis Communication, What Your CEO Needs to Know About Reputation Risk and Crisis Management, available now at

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Blogger brandprofessor said...

Wonderful remembrance, Jim! Wish I had known Richard

February 10, 2014 at 1:17 PM  

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