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  • Christian Harper

    Dear Richard,
    I want to express my heartfelt condolences to you, Renee and your entire family. I had the good fortune (thanks to you) of working at Edelman from ’92-’95 and have fond memories of my time there collaborating with great people and representing great clients. I remember your father’s many inspiring “adresses to the troops” in the front of the lobby and the great stories he shared – especially the infamous Toni twins’ arrest in Oklahoma and the subsequent birth of the media tour. Thanks again for giving me my first break in the PR industry. You all have much to be proud of and hopefully you can take comfort in the fact that your father lived a remarkable life and left an indelible mark on a profession and on so many people.
    Sincerely,
    Christian Harper
    SVP
    Weber Shandwick

  • teemulehtinen

    Dear Richard, the entire Edelman family,
    My sincere condolences to you all. I am very sorry to read the news that Dan has passed away. He never gave up, he was always there and he had tremendous insights which only experience brings. He will not be forgotten.
    As always,
    teemu

  • http://twitter.com/dasguptasumit sumit dasgupta

    To one of the greatest human beings ever born, my respect.

  • http://www.facebook.com/toni.muzifalconi Toni Muzi Falconi

    I have known Dan since the mid seventies and have always been graced by his warmth and empathy. Will never forget him.
    toni muzi falconi

  • http://www.facebook.com/mstouse Mark Stouse

    Dear Richard and the Edelman Family, near and far — Dan was such an inspirational figure to me. I joined DJE in 1989 to do Public Affairs out of the Houston office with Chet Burchett, Bryan Oakley and others. As a lowly AE, I hoped for all things but expected little. I was therefore amazed to be invited to a party in Chicago at Dan’s penthouse apartment, where I — among others — was recognized for my work on the Port of Houston and Exxon / FDC accounts. Later, when a major account loss in the office made layoffs impossible to avoid, I was amazed at the care and consideration that Dan, Richard and Jim Cox displayed — not only was the severance especially generous, but the company actively marketed me and others to rival agencies, ensuring that all of us were re-employed within weeks, often at higher salaries, etc. In the ensuing 20+ years, I’ve grown and prospered, and I’ve NEVER forgotten my experience at Edelman or the values that it taught me. Dan Edelman didn’t have to do what he did. He didn’t have to create the agency that he created. He could have done and been so much less, but he refused to be even in the same room with mediocrity — whether personal, spiritual, professional, relational. I remember my amazement when, after being promoted to a top comms slot at HP, I got a note from Dan, briefly referencing my time at Edelman and congratulating me. It was, I’m sure, the output of excellent alumni relations / staff work, but it was hand-written by him, not just typed and signed. He had that way of making you feel that you were really important. He was a true mensch, and his impact on me — both directly and through the organization he created — cannot be overstated. Richard, I’m so sorry for your loss, and my prayers are with you and your family during this time. Your friend, Mark Stouse

  • Jerry Doyle

    To Richard and the entire family,

    Please accept my deepest condolences to you and the whole family. Your father was a strong yet modest man who inspired me and countless others over the years. I am forever grateful to you and him for the terrific years I spent in the New York office working on some of the world’s most recognizable brands.

    I know that no matter how full a life a man is fortunate to live, he is still deeply missed by his son. So, my prayers are with you.

    Be well,

    JD

    Jerry Doyle
    CommCore, Inc.

    (Edelman Healthcare Alum: ’94-’99)

  • Ed Schoaps

    Dear Richard–

    This is indeed a sad day. I wish to express my deepest and most sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of your father. Dan has always been an inspirational leader. I had the good fortune to meet Dan in 2008 at an Edelman Summer School session. His ebullient energy, sharp wit and big smile really caught my attention. But it was his intelligence and drive for success that really impressed me. Dan was a charismatic man, a true innovator and the top PR industry leader. Even as a kid, I was immediately struck by his “Which twin has the Toni?” media campaign. Never could I imagine that decades later I would be working for the man and the company he would grow from a handful of employees in a small Chicago office to the world’s leading public relations firm. I am proud to work for Edelman because of what Dan created here. And while he will be sorely missed by all, our entire Edelman corporate family will continue to honor Dan’s legacy of creativity, quality, commitment to the community and uncompromisable ethics.

    Sincerely,
    Ed Schoaps
    Edelman Portland

  • Abel Hadden

    Dan’s longevity meant that he started in business before many of us were born but his instinctive vision, insight, creativity and decent principles are probably even more relevant today in the world of communications than they were in 1952. I’m proud to have worked closely with Dan and the family in the 1990s and even prouder to have been able to play tennis with him in Chicago all those years ago. Legends live on.

  • Nick Kalm

    I was very sorry to hear about this. I had the pleasure of interacting
    with Dan many times during my 5 1/2 years at Edelman. Even then, with
    Dan well into his 70s, he was relentlessly focused on growing the firm
    and serving clients well. I fondly remember the “Danograms” —
    suggestions and ideas for clients and prospects. First written in that
    familiar longhand; later typed up into emails. Nothing escaped him.
    Dan’s presence at new business meetings always injected something
    different or unusual. “Legend” is an overused term, but there is no
    doubt in my mind that Dan Edelman was a legend in our industry.
    Condolences to his wife Ruth, sons Richard and John, daughter Renee and
    all his grandchildren. RIP.

  • http://twitter.com/DMurrow Dave Murrow

    My condolences to the family, friends and work colleagues of Mr. Edelman. Was happy to have learned from him during my time at Edelman in the early 00s. He’s left an amazing legacy.

  • John Mahony

    Ruth, Richard, John, Renee and all the team at Edelman, My deepest sympathies, he was an amazing figurehead and I will always remember on my first meeting with him when I took over as CEO of Edelman Dublin, he got out of the lift on the fifth floor and the first thing he asked is if I had introduced myself to the companies on the other four floors of the building. Thankfully I had! Eternally on duty as a PR Professional may he
    rest in peace. Go n’eirigh an bothair leat ‘ May the road rise with him’

    Sincerely,

    John Mahony
    CEO, ReputationInc

  • http://twitter.com/SarahSkerik Sarah Skerik

    Years and years ago, as an account rep servicing the Edelman account, I sent the Chicago office a big plate of cookies for the holidays. My day to day contacts there called and emailed their thanks. But a few days later, you could have knocked me over with a feather when I received a hand-written thank you from Dan. What a class act, through and through, and what a marvelous business he built. I still have that card, by the way.

  • Kamal TAIBI

    Dear Richard and family,
    I was saddened to read this a moment ago. I would like to express my own and my Moroccan team’s condolences to you, to the entire family and to the professional family of Edelman. I had the chance to meet you personally in Prague and felt the greatness of the Edelman spirit.
    The legacy of Dan has marked greatly the entire PR industry and it will continue to do so through the leaders of the firm at which helm you are now.
    Sincerely,
    Kamal TAIBI
    Founder and CEO
    Stratëus Group

  • http://www.facebook.com/olaf.grewe Olaf Grewe

    Dear Richard,

    We, the Edelman Switzerland team, wish to express our deepest and most sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of your father!

    We have experienced the unique spirit of Dan since March 2012 when we became a member of the Edelman family. We have learned so much of Dan’s legacy of creativity, quality, commitment to the community and ethics, which is unique in the PR-industry.

    We wish you all the best and our thoughts are with you and your family

    Olaf for the team of Edelman Switzerland

  • Clark Dumont

    Dear Richard and Team Edelman.
    I am saddened by the passing of your patriarch. While it is always expected, it is never accepted.
    His legacy will endure because his values, thoughts and work—which you carry forward—are timeless.
    Clark Dumont
    Vice President, Corporate Communications
    MGM Resorts International

  • Ingrid Hernandez

    Dear Richard and Family,

    My blessings for a great innovator
    Ingrid Hernández
    KÖST Sustainability

  • http://www.facebook.com/StentorianK Ken Kerrigan

    I look back at my time at Edelman (95-97) as among the very best years of my career. While we are now competitors I can’t imagine being in the position I am today without the influence of this great agency and the Edelman family. I never actually got to meet Dan, but you could feel his energy througout the agency and it was a great honor to have been a part of that. May he rest in peace and may his legacy continue forever.

  • http://www.redphlag.com Gerard Corbett

    Ruth, Richard, John and Renee:

    My heart felt sympathies. I still have fond memories of Dan’s visits to Gould and colorful meetings with Bill Ylvisaker back in the early 1980s. The PR industry is richer and healthier for Dan’s leadership and presence.

    All the best,

    Gerry Corbett

  • Robert Phillips

    I first met Dan in 1993, when he and Richard came to the offices of Jackie Cooper PR with the intention of acquiring Jackie’s and my company (we said ‘no’ then but said ‘yes’ nine years’ later). We both stood in awe of a man who was already an industry legend and, for those of us who grew up in the world of consumer brand marketing, someone who had shaped the communications profession as we knew it. Here was the man who invented both the media tour and, in effect, ‘newsjacking’.

    It was without doubt a privilege to have known Dan Edelman well; to have worked with him was a very special honour indeed. As he was back in ’93, he will always remain a true giant and pioneer of the PR industry – a founding father for so many people, in so many ways. His (in)famous Dan-o-grams could inspire and/ or terrify even the toughest among us; he never accepted failure lightly but saw it as an opportunity to learn and to improve.

    I last saw Dan in late October, in hospital in Chicago, and he still LOVED to talk business – the highs and the lows. His eyes twinkled with the good news and narrowed, questioning, whenever losses were mentioned. He was brilliant and competitive and incisive in equal measure. His use of language, written and spoken, was perfect and precise and a joy to behold. Dan leaves a legacy of ground-breaking achievement; of family enterprise; of real client service; of integrity and values; of a determination to win.

    In 1952 and thereafter, Dan changed the world of PR forever. He was rightly and hugely proud of the firm that Richard continued to build into the industry-defining business it is today, true to Dan’s spirit of enterprise, creativity and hard graft.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Ruth, Richard, Renee and John – a remarkable family of friends.

  • http://twitter.com/amithpr Amith Prabhu

    Dear Dan – you gave us a firm full of your values

    And left behind a legacy for us to cherish

    Never before has there been a PR company so large

    Each of us is proud of being here and doing our part

    Dealing with clients that are best in class and being…

    Ethical, creative decent, and committed to the community.

    Legendary have been your actions and ways

    May they guide us through the coming days.

    As we continue gaining inspiration as a family

    Never alone are we on this journey.

  • Bruce Rubin

    At the very beginning of my career, when I was a sole practitioner, Dan was gracious and generous with his time, his expertise, and his friendship. I have always remembered this and have always been grateful.

    Richard, my condolences to you and your entire family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/laurainaurora Laura McGowan

    I remember how “Mr. Edelman” would make the rounds during files night in the old offices
    at 211 E. Ontario in the early ’90s. With the constant influx of new kids as AAEs &
    AEs, he’d pause before your door, check the nameplate, then pop in and
    say hello. Of course, if you were the new kid on the block, you didn’t
    have a lot of files to sort and you’d be in another office, helping someone
    else. So you would occasionally get called another name.

    Among the youngsters, the joke ran that you weren’t someone in PR until George Lazarus would call up Dan Edelman to complain about something you sent over. I feel very fortunate to have started my career at Edelman Chicago, and offer my heartfelt condolences to the family.

    Laura Bokowy McGowan
    Edelman alumna, 1992-94

  • Joseph Wein

    Dear Richard and Edelman Family:

    The Wein family extends our sincerely condolences to the Edelman family. Dan and my father Irving were dear friends for so many years, both on and off the tennis court. Although your Dad had a remarkable career and remarkable life, it was Dan’s friendship that made the biggest impact on my father and my family. He was a mensch.

    I know how difficult losing my father was 10 years ago. The depth of the loss you feel now is a measure of the blessing you had in Dan.

    My Dan’s name be as a blessing for you and your family and all of us who knew him.

    With condolences,
    Joseph Wein

  • Judi Frost Mackey

    How do you describe a man who was larger than life – a man who transformed an industry? Dan was one of the great entrepreneurs who not only started a business, but led it, grew it, evolved it, allowed Richard to take over, but never stopped caring. He stayed engaged from top to bottom. One of his key mantras carried weight that lasted a lifetime for thousands of people — “everyone is an account executive.” He reminded all those who worked with him to go at least one step further, to never give up never surrender, pay attention to the details, seize opportunities, go large,and think creatively (even in business to business pr). Clients came first, but he loved the thrill of the new business chase – and win. Bless you Dan for all you did for all of us. Your legacy will live on forever. Condolences to Ruth and the family.

  • John Avila

    A true global innovator in communications this century, I am proud to have personally known and worked for Dan, not only at his global agency for 18 years, but on his personal family projects with Ruth. My thoughts and prayers go out to Ruth, Richard, Renee, John and their families.

  • Amiso M. George

    Sad indeed! May the soul of this great man rest in peace! I was honored to have met Mr. Daniel Edelman at a reception in his home in Chicago, during the Edelman New Media Summit organized by Edelman Public Relations. Mr. Edelman, a PR pioneer and visionary, was as gracious as can be.

    We are thankful for the incredible legacy he has left–his name sake PR company, the best in the world, his children who have carried on his legacy by taking the company to where no other has gone before, and the many men and women in public relations, businesses and nonprofit organizations–everyday people– whose life he has touched.

    We are all very lucky to have had Mr. Edelman walk this earth and inspire all of us. He taught us that we could use public relations for the greater good. Thank you Mr. Edelman and God bless! To Richard and the family–my condolence!

  • http://www.facebook.com/deeannamcpherson Dee Anna McPherson

    My thoughts are with the entire Edelman family on this sad day.

    Smart, curious, driven, committed, ethical, fair and humble are all words that describe Dan. His work ethic was legendary and his passion for our business was unmatched. What a man. What a legacy.

    He was blessed to be able to do what he loved, side-by-side with the people he loved – Richard, Renee, John and Ruth

    I will never forget the incredible “Dan-o-gram” I received on the day I left Edelman 12 years ago. And, I will be forever grateful that I had the opportunity to learn from the best in the business.

    My deepest sympathies to the Edelman family.

    Dee Anna McPherson

  • http://www.facebook.com/vivian.hirsch Vivian Hirsch

    Dear Ruth, Richard, Renee, John, partners, suppliers and clients:
    What a great loss to us all! My husband and I truly regret not having bid our farewell personally last month in Chicago when the firm celebrated its 60th anniversary. We met Dan in Chicago in the 90’s and signed a partnership which lasted 10 years and was extremely successful despite the many dan-o-grams which taught us all so many lessons.
    Dan was a legend in PR and an outstanding man.
    While his passing brings tears to our eyes, it also brings us a big smile because he has lived.
    We will cherish his memory.
    Herbert and Vivian Hirsch

  • http://twitter.com/ProgressIsPower Mary Stutts

    Richard,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your father. Please know
    that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

    Also know that I will continue to celebrate the monumental
    impact your father had on the PR industry and the extraordinary legacy he has
    left for you, your siblings – and all of us who consider ourselves his
    “professional offspring” as well…

    Thank you for sharing him with us.

    MARY
    STUTTS | Vice President
    Corporate Communications, Public Affairs

    Bristol-Myers Squibb

  • Sandra Saias

    So sad to hear the news today. I feel so very lucky to have had the opportunity to work directly with Dan on Mexico Tourism when I first joined the company. He taught me so much and I think of him often in my daily work. After all these years, I still have one of Dan’s hand written notes posted on my wall – I will cherish it. It was a privilege to know him and work with him – a true legend.

    My deep condolences to the entire Edelman family.

    Sandra Saias

  • http://twitter.com/mwilhoite melanie wilhoite

    Dear Richard, Renee, John and Ruth,
    My deepest condolences to you and yours. Dan Edelman was an inspiration to me since I joined the firm as an account executive in 1988. A titan of not just in public relations, but in business, he almost single-handedly transformed the profession, taking PR from flackery to credibility in C-suites and boardrooms worldwide. As I recall Dan, always polished and optimistic, I also recall fondly some of his funnier remarks at Edelman leadership meeting speeches and the way he could tell a great story. I will remember him as a true gentleman, always greeting me with a smile and genuine interest in the work I did, and for his famous “Dan-o-grams” recommending business contacts we get in touch with or even a stern admonishment when he felt business could be better. A true Pioneer Thinker who will be deeply missed.

    Melanie Wilhoite
    Edelman LA 1988-1991
    GM, Edelman Seattle 1999-2012

  • http://www.facebook.com/gary.goldhammer Gary Goldhammer

    Heavy heart today, albeit full with the memory and honor having worked under Dan and the Edelman family. One of the greatest men I have and wil ever know. Zicronam Livracha.

    With love,

    Gary Goldhammer

  • http://www.facebook.com/doug.kramer.98 Doug Kramer

    I was fortunate enough to be hired as an account executive in 1987, when the Chicago office of Edelman was still @ 211 E. Ontario St., off the Mag Mile, and over the ensuing four years gained invaluable experience. Even back then, Edelman PR was a leading global brand, and Chicago was the largest office, with hundreds of employees. Dan must have been on the road 75 or 80% of the time but – remarkably – when he was back in the office he’d regularly greet us by our first names and ask how things were going and how he could help out. That made quite an impression on all of us “kids.”

    Everyone I know who worked there at the time has a Dan story. And they’re all positive, uplifting, often humorous stories. They usually end with, “We got the business!” He personally touched so many lives. He challenged us. He inspired us. He stood for not only the “power of PR” but the power of dignity, respect and graciousness.

    Condolences to the entire Edelman family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jill.e.collins.7 Jill Elizabeth Collins

    Ruth, Richard, John, Renee and family – I have woken to the news in Australia this morning of Dan’s passing. My heartfelt condolences to you all. Judging by the comments on this page and on FaceBook today – this news has sent a ripple of sadness throughout his entire global work family – past and present. During my 20+ year career with Edelman – starting in Australia and then 11 years in the US and closing the circle back in Australia, I always described myself as an Edelman baby. I grew up in the Edelman “family” and today still practice so many of the disciplines in my own business that I learned during my career there. The consummate professional, Dan taught us that near enough is NOT good enough and to always strive for the big idea. I came of age in Chicago when I sat down the hall from Dan. I loved the Dan-o-grams which were long thoughtful treatises on a subject of client importance dictated into his tape recorder and including an immediate call to action – which then often ended in a PS I just heard from Pam that you have already done this – thanks!. I remember my meetings with him – waiting outside the office for the green light to come on, sitting in front of piles of neatly ordered papers all with their different paperweights on top – amazed that he seemed to know exactly where everything was. Pam Talbot was right in her recent speech when she said no matter how prepared you were, Dan was always one step ahead of you! He taught us to be passionate and professional and most of all he taught us to be fiercely proud of who we were and the work we produced. This is Dan’s legacy – and it is obvious as the tributes pour in that this lives on in all of us Edelmanites. I hope he would be proud to know that he has indelibly stamped this on all of us and in so doing has connected us all by an unbreakable thread of professional principles no matter where we are in the world. Thanks Dan.

  • Jenny Schade

    Edelman Public Relations was my first job when the offices were on the corner of LaSalle & Wacker. I was 21-years-old and traveled the country with the Kraft Parkay Hot Air Balloon and worked with Willy Wonka Candies. It was the best job in the whole world. I had the tiniest office in the place, and Dan would stand in my doorway and ask about my clients and talk to me about the PR business. I saw him about 10 years ago and thanked him for giving me my start on a wonderful career. He was as gracious as ever. I have such great memories of my experiences at Edelman and remember working with John. Thank you, Dan, and Edelman PR! My thoughts are with Dan’s family today.

    Jenny Schade
    Edelman Employee 1981-1985

  • http://www.facebook.com/elysabeth Elizabeth Pigg

    When I started at Edelman in 2001, Dan was in the office most days. I’ll never forget when I received an interoffice handwritten note from Dan himself on my then five year anniversary saying congratulations and to schedule a meeting with him. That meeting happened, and it was one of the coolest experiences of my professional life. He asked me many questions about my career goals, my background in advertising and music and I was blown away by his knowledge of just about everything. But what impressed me the most was how intently he listened to what I was saying, which, trust me, was not anything impressive or interesting! I was nervous beyond belief, but he gave me his undivided attention, and created a moment that I will take with me forever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.stodder John Stodder Jr.

    Dear Richard and the Edelman family,

    I’m so sorry for the loss of Dan Edelman, a man whose place in the American business history is secure, and who embodied the marriage of creativity with commerce. He helped give business and its products a human face, and in doing so gave life to the concept of branding.

    He also created a great company, the best place I’ve ever worked, a place that, no matter how big it grew, always felt like a family business. I’ll always admire an idea that was attributed to him, the notion that as counselors, our first responsibility was to “speak for the client.” That concept, putting the client at the center of our concerns as Edelman employees, is what makes the company special in PR. When I worked for you, it was a source of strength, and clients noticed. The whole company was, in my view, built around that idea — and I hope today’s Edelman employees understand how special that is.

    He was always kind to me, kind to the people I worked with, and very amusing company. His mind was keen and restless. He was a very good man with the highest degree of integrity. He was great. I hope he was able to fully enjoy love that came his way during the 60th anniversary festivities.

    My condolences to Richard, to members of the Edelman family, and to all its past and present employees who grieve today.

  • karencarzo@gmail.com

    Dear Richard,

    I am saddened by the news of your father’s passing and offer my condolences to you and your family. I had the pleasure of meeting your father on a few occasions during my Edelman career (1994-2000), and was always so impressed by his knowledge, his passion and the inspiring speeches he gave to the Edelman teams of that time. I am forever thankful for my years at Edelman as they made me a true Public Relations practitioner – a credit to the Edelman way, inspired by your father and implemented and expanded upon by you.

    Fondly,
    Karen Carzo

  • Mark Stouse

    Dear Richard and the Edelman Family, near and far —
    Dan was such an inspirational figure to me. I joined DJE in 1989 to do Public Affairs out of the Houston office with Chet Burchett, Bryan Oakley and others. As a lowly AE, I hoped for all things but expected little. I was therefore amazed to be invited to a party in Chicago at Dan’s penthouse apartment, where I — among others — was recognized for my work on the Port of Houston and Exxon / FDC accounts. Later, when a major account loss in the office made layoffs impossible to avoid, I was amazed at the care and consideration that Dan, Richard and Jim Cox displayed — not only was the severance especially generous, but the company actively marketed me and others to rival agencies, ensuring that all of us were re-employed within weeks, often at higher salaries, etc. In the ensuing 20+ years, I’ve grown and prospered, and I’ve NEVER forgotten my experience at Edelman or the values that it taught me. Dan Edelman didn’t have to do what he did. He didn’t have to create the agency that he created. He could have done and been so much less, but he refused to be even in the same room with mediocrity — whether personal, spiritual, professional, relational. I remember my amazement when, after being promoted to a top comms slot at HP, I got a note from Dan, briefly referencing my time at Edelman and congratulating me. It was, I’m sure, the output of excellent alumni relations / staff work, but it was hand-written by him, not just typed and signed. He had that way of making you feel that you were really important. He was a true mensch, and his impact on me — both directly and through the organization he created — cannot be overstated. Richard, I’m so sorry for your loss, and my prayers are with you and your family during this time.

    Your friend,
    Mark Stouse

  • George J. Tanber

    In the late 1970s and in my first PR job, I was involved in the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Fund project. Dan had a keen interest in the project that played a significant role in getting the Wall built and called from time-to-time – out of the blue – to comment on a significant media score or to just chat about the project. His interest was sincere and the questions he asked made it clear: This is a formidable man. As we’re seeing from these tributes, no employee at Edelman was too small to gain Dan’s interest and time. Clearly, that set him apart. Dan’s enthusiasm for his work and his employees apparently never waned, which perhaps helps explain the longevity of a life well-lived.
    George J. Tanber
    Edelman D.C. 1977-81

  • kathylewton

    A legend has left us, but what we learned from him will always be with us.
    My fondest memory of Dan goes back to my days as a naive grad student at Medill at Northwestern (nearly 35 years ago, long before Google searching). One of our biz reporting assignments was to interview a CEO. Since I had been doing some work in PR, I decided I’d find a CEO of a PR firm and interview him or her. I asked a faculty member who said there was a firm named Edelman and the president, who was named Dan Edelman, was said to be a good guy.
    So I called the Edelman office and asked to speak to Mr. Edelman. Dan’s assistant did not laugh at my request for him to spend an hour with a grad student for a class assignment — she said she’d check and when she called back, she said he’d be happy to do it.
    When I arrived at the Edelman offices, I looked around and realized that Dan was not just the head of “some PR company” — this was obviously a big, major company and I was taking up the time of a pretty important guy.
    Of course the interview was marvelous, and when I tried to apologize for being so presumptuous and taking up his time, Dan smiled that great grin and said “I wanted to meet the student who was bold enough to ask me for help with her homework.”
    Twenty years after that, I ran into Dan when he was receiving his Gold Anvil award from PRSA, and started to re-introduce msyelf. He stopped me and said “Kathy Lewton, the woman who got me to spend an hour on her school assignment,” and when I told him how I would forever be embarrassed by that, he said something that’s stayed with me ever since and has been a talisman for me.

    “We all have to help each other out — that’s how we make a better profession and a better world.”
    Words to live by, from one of the true giants in our field, and one of the kindest gentlemen to pass through this life.

  • Katie Patterson

    May you rest in peace knowing the impact you had on our profession and so many people. I wish the family warm memories and send an embrace to the entire Edelman family (network). I enjoyed four wonderful years in the Atlanta and Chicago offices during which I had the pleasure to meet Dan once. RIP to a true pioneer.

  • http://twitter.com/kschwaba Kevin Schwaba

    I’m relatively new to the Edelman family, having joined the firm in July 2011, and never met Dan Edelman. But part of my decision to join Edelman was formed by my mother, who told me of her meeting Dan in Chicago in the 70’s. She noted that, while she had only met him once, he struck her as a man of genuine integrity who led a business successfully and ethically. In my experience, the leadership at Edelman and the values that permeate the organization prove my mother’s first impression correct. I hope and have confidence that those values will carry us all forward.

  • Susan Hoff

    It was truly an honor to meet Mr. Edelman, Dan, through the Arthur Page Society. As a young professional I was always in awe of his work. He was a remarkable man who helped evolve the Public Relations profession into the practice it is today. I am forever grateful for the dedication he showed, and the many experiences he chose to share with so many practitioners.

    With gratitude and my sincere condolences,
    Susan S. Hoff
    Former CCO – Best Buy Co., Inc.
    Chairman & Proprietress – Fantesca Estate & Winery

  • http://www.facebook.com/jennifer.petterson.7127 Jennifer Petterson

    Ruth, Richard,Renee, John and the extended Edelman family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. We will so miss Dan. He has inspired so
    many and I feel so fortunate to have grown up here and learned from such a
    great man. I fondly remember the Dan-O-grams (I have them carefully organized in my desk), the many client service lessons in my early 9-Lives and Brown-Forman days, and the practical advice to always remember to carry an extra battery for the projector and a note pad to every meeting. I fondly remember the kindness of Dan, his passion for excellence, commitment to family (with regular reminders that there are three legs to the stool), and the fatherly way he would sometimes touch your face when he said
    hello. Just an elevator ride with Dan could lead to new business opportunities,
    new career possibilities and always a great story or two. One day, I found
    myself in an elevator with Dan and my parents who were visiting from Canada.
    I’m sure he was really busy but, by the time we stopped at the 63rd floor, he
    had invited them to visit his office. I was so proud and my parents were
    thrilled to meet him. But, they are as talkative as I am, so Dan finally had to
    excuse himself from his own office so he could get on with his day! Thanks to
    Dan for all he has taught us and may his legacy live on in all that is Edelman.

    Jennifer (Sifton) Petterson

  • George J. Tanber

    In the late 1970s and in my first PR job, I was involved in the
    Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Fund project. Dan had a keen interest in the
    project that played a significant role in getting the Wall built and
    called from time-to-time – out of the blue – to comment on a significant
    media score or to just chat about the project. His interest was sincere
    and the questions he asked made it clear: This is a formidable man. As
    we’re seeing from these tributes, no employee at Edelman was too small
    to gain Dan’s interest and time. Clearly, that set him apart. Dan’s
    enthusiasm for his work and his employees apparently never waned, which
    perhaps helps explain the longevity of a life well-lived.

    George J. Tanber
    Edelman D.C. 1977-81

  • Roger Badesch

    Ruth, Richard, Renee and the rest of the family:
    Dan was such a great mentor to me during my brief time at the Chicago office. I was media tour supervisor from about ’86 – ’88. I posted a picture of all of us after one of our softball games that I set up (I’m the one kneeling on the left.) Our condolences to you and the rest of the family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jennifer.petterson.7127 Jennifer Petterson

    Ruth, Richard,
    Renee, John and the extended Edelman family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. We will so miss Dan. He has inspired so
    many and I feel so fortunate to have grown up here and learned from such a
    great man. I fondly remember the Dan-O-grams (I have them carefully organized in my desk), the many client service lessons in my early 9-Lives and Brown-Forman days, and the practical advice to always remember to carry an extra battery for the projector and a note pad to every meeting. I fondly remember the kindness of Dan, his passion for excellence, commitment to family (with regular reminders that there are three legs to the stool), and the fatherly way he would sometimes touch your face when he said
    hello. Just an elevator ride with Dan could lead to new business opportunities,
    new career possibilities and always a great story or two. One day, I found
    myself in an elevator with Dan and my parents who were visiting from Canada.
    I’m sure he was really busy but, by the time we stopped at the 63rd floor, he
    had invited them to visit his office. I was so proud and my parents were
    thrilled to meet him. But, they are as talkative as I am, so Dan finally had to
    excuse himself from his own office so he could get on with his day! Thanks to
    Dan for all he has taught us and may his legacy live on in all that is Edelman.

    Jennifer (Sifton) Petterson

  • http://www.facebook.com/jerryeffect Jerry Kim

    My warmest tribute to the memory of the deceased. you are my hero.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jon.greer Jon Greer

    “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” – Dan Edelman (at least, he was the first person to say that in my presence). Farewell to an icon, and condolences to the Edelman family and the Edelman team.

  • disqus_kkDQpTrExN

    I feel extremely fortunate to have worked with and learned from such an extraordinary leader in our industry. Dan, you were a true trailblazer, sage counsellor, respected leader and kind spirit. We will all miss you dearly.

    Freda Colbourne

  • David Davis

    Dan’s passing is as if I have lost a close relative. Joining the company in London in 1967 I spent the next quarter of a century learning from his professionalism and respecting his vision , tenacity. and honesty. Beryl and I share the family’s grief and wish Ruth, Richard, Renee & John long and peaceful lives.

    Sincerely

    David Davis
    Director
    The Independent Ambulance Association

  • yokojing1985@hotmail.com

    My respect to the great man!

  • Stephen Encarnaco

    Dear Richard and Your Family,

    I was very sad to learn of your Dad’s passing.

    My deepest sympathy for your loss. I will always remember your Dad as delightful, intelligent, thoughtful and humble man. As young brand manager at the Ore Ida Division of Heinz in the mid 70’s, I will always remember sitting in the Gamekeeper Lounge in the Owyhee Plaza Hotel in Boise, Idaho crafting a successful brand public relations strategy on a cocktail napkin that resulted in a wonderful communications campaign on the etiquette of eating french fries that traveled etiquette expert Marabelle Stewart.

    We did a lot of good work and had a lot laughs with your Dad and the Edelman Team
    It was a great pleasure to know your Dad. He was first and foremost a good man as
    well as a good business man. I know he is very proud of how you have carried on his legacy at Edelman.

    Sincerely,

    Stephen Encarnacao

    Dayton Boots

    Vancouver, B.C.

  • Guest

    Dear Richard, Ruth, John and Renee – Condolences to you and your families. Like so many others, I have fond memories of Dan during my tenure in the Chicago office (1998-2004) Beyond client work, I witnessed how Dan would help friends and others in the Chicago community. The many conversations in his office, attending functions with him (from luncheons to events like Kup’s 60th anniversary at Sun-Times), and his words of wisdom are engrained in my memory forever. All of us who were fortunate to know him have benefitted. Sincerely, Michael Schiferl

  • http://www.facebook.com/hanriswu Hanris Wu

    R.I.P. Daniel. We love you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/anne.zuccarelli.9 Anne Zuccarelli

    To Richard and the entire famiy
    Though your heart must hold deep sadness
    May the precious memories of all you shared with Dan bring you peace.
    With sympathy and caring thoughts

    Sincerely
    Anne Zuccarelli

  • Simon Corbett

    Dear Richard & Family,

    My deepest condolences to you all.

    I had the pleasure of meeting Dan at Summer School in 2005 in Washington DC. In a room of 100+ Edelman employees Dan was introduced to everyone individually, including myself and the 12 others on my table.

    Around an hour later after listening to a presentation and talking to numerous others he returned to our table and remembered every person’s name, the offices we represented and how we had introduced ourselves.

    For a man, at the time, in his 80’s, it was incredible to watch.
    Condolences to the entire Edelman family.

    Simon Corbett

  • http://www.facebook.com/gi.lucido Giuseppe Lucido

    I had the pleasure of meeting Dan several times while working in his company, and he always struck me as a family man, as the sort of big, kind and caring grandfather some of us are lucky enough to have rooted in our childhood memories. He was several other things, of course, but I like to think that, for all of us baby boomers (and more) working in PR, he always will be that kind and caring grandfather who invented and gave shape to a wonderful job for all of us willing to follow his path.

    He will be missed.
    My heartfelt condolences to Richard and the whole Edelman family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/snigdha.nair Snigdha Nair

    Even as I’ve started reading ‘Edelman and The Rise of Public
    Relations’, I am left feeling unfortunate not to have worked with and learned
    from such an extraordinary visionary and trailblazer in the global PR industry.
    Dan, RIP, we will miss you dearly.

  • Barbara Borowitz Garland

    Dear Richard,
    Please share my sympathies with your mom and the rest of your family. You already know my fondest memory of Dan is the swift call he placed to my mom upon hearing of my father’s death. It meant so much to her to speak with Dan and Ruth and to recall their younger days in Chicago. I am always grateful for the call you made to me in 1983 asking advice on videoconferencing for a client which led to my 5 year executive role producing video news and conducting media training for Edelman.
    I am confident that your devotion to Dan and your success at growing his vision for the agency beyond even his wildest dream made him very proud.
    Affectionately,
    Bobbie.

    Barbara Borowitz Garland
    ImageVisions
    Wilmington, DE

  • Sharon Hegarty

    I was also very sad to learn the news of Dan’s passing. Like many posting their memories, I am an Edelman alum (Chicago, 1992-1995) and have very fond memories from 211 E. Ontario, where he regularly walked the halls and stopped in offices to talk, regardless of your title. I cherished the hand-written notes from Dan for a job well done. My condolences to the entire Edelman family.

    Sharon Brown Hegarty

  • http://www.facebook.com/chuck.otto Chuck Otto

    I worked in the Edelman Media Department for a time in the Eighties, where I booked media tours and learned the skills of a media trainer. It was time well-spent. I was with the agency long enough to attend a staff holiday gathering at the Edelman’s Gold Coast home, where the family graciously hosted us. But my most vivid memory is of a lavatory break during a media training, when Mr. Edelman stepped up next to me and asked for a quick summary of who I was training and related message points. Talk about having to think on your feet! I learned a lot during my time with his company, and extend my condolences to the Edelman family.

    Chuck Otto

  • Donna E. Fleishman

    Dear Richard,
    ,It is not often one has the opportunity to work with a legend in a profession; in the Edelman family that title of legend spawns two generations. My condolences to you, Ruth, Renee and John, and to those who are part of the extended PR family. Having been with Edelman three different times over three different decades, I had the pleasure of watching the company’s growth under your dad’s guidance and, ultimately, your leadership. While your dad often shared with me his “mistrust” of the South, I knew it was because he felt there was great opportunity here that he clearly wanted to capture. And, the agency ultimately did just that. Keep his memories close to you, dear Richard.

    Donna E. Fleishman, Atlanta

  • seandougherty

    I worked for Edelman for two years in the 1990s but only met Dan once, at the kick-off meeting for a large new client we were servicing from multiple offices (that was a big deal back then). He was a ball of energy, passionate about the firm and the results we’d deliver – even if he left explanation of those efforts to the EVPs and SVPs around the table. RIP. Thoughts to the family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/laura.pennino Laura Pennino

    I met Dan Edelman in 1989 when I was 29 years old, approaching 30 and excited about the opportunity to join what was then the 9th largest PR firm in the world. I grew to know and love Dan, Ruth, Richard and Renee and I have to say I truly was “in love” with my work at Edelman for many years. I was thrilled with the challenges and successes I experienced while growing as a person and professional with Edelman, and when I reresigned in 1998 for quality of life reasons, Dan called me himself to wish me well and tell me he was sorry that I was leaving. Now, it is my turn to let Dan know how much he meant to me, that I will miss him and how special it was that I was able to be part of the Edelman family. Because I was a member of the Edelman family — and I always will be. Sending thoughts of love, peace and comfort to Ruth, Richard, Renee, John and all of the clients and staff.

  • Sonia Hossain

    Dear Richard,

    I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to work at Edelman. This past summer I was an intern in the Corporate Communications department in Chicago. I learned so much within those three months working with an amazing team that guided and sculpted me into the young professional that I am now. It is a true blessing that I got to work for your company. Thank you and God bless you and your family.

  • Richard Mahony

    Dan was an inspiring leader who cared deeply about the company and its clients, and his competitive spirit never waned. I recall the time Dan was in the NY office and had a large bandage on his forehead. At the time, he was in his mid-80s, and I thought he must have had a fall. Wrong. He’d gone after a shot in the corner while playing racketball and collided with the wall.

    He leaves a rich legacy. My sincere condolences to Ruth and the entire family.

    Richard Mahony
    (Edelman 2001-06)

  • http://twitter.com/Vickie_Austin Vickie Austin

    My deepest condolences to the Edelman family and to all those past and present whose lives were touched by Dan. I was honored to work for Edelman Public Relations Worldwide and to be part of the move from the Ontario offices to the (then) Amoco building which was, Dan told us, a dream come true. I continue to cherish friendships from those days and learned much from working there… and now, as a small business owner, I often marvel at how Dan built an international PR empire and stayed independent. Rest in peace, Dan, and thanks to those who will carry on his legacy.

    Vickie Austin
    CHOICES Worldwide

  • http://twitter.com/dbakich17 Dana Bakich

    I never had the opportunity to personally meet the man in charge of creating such an outstanding PR firm. After hearing all the wonderful stories below, I wish I could have. If I ever have the opportunity to work within Edelman, I would be honored to help continue Dan Edelman’s legacy. I give my condolences to his family and loved ones.

  • John DeFrancesco

    A sad day for all who knew Dan. He gave me a start in PR in 1967 and worked together until 1976. No one can match his talent or accomplishments in and for PR.

  • http://www.facebook.com/workplacelawyer Ron Schwartz

    I want to express my condolences and appreciation for the mental health programs that the Edelman family have supported, especially the Depressive and Bipolar Support Alliance in its early days.

  • CED

    Richard: as long as I have been with the firm, Dan has always been a strong presence, whether in his occasional visits to our office or ‘behind the scenes’ in these last few years. I can recall when senior staff would speak with wry fondness of getting “Dan-o-grams” — emails recognizing good work, asking VERY to-the -point questions about accounts, or raising ways we could be doing our client work better. On my first day at Edelman, I used our (printed paper) phone directory to call the Chicago office with a benefits question; by some misreading of the listing I actually called Dan’s office – and he himself answered the phone. That showed what kind of firm and what kind of man we were working for.

    Condolences to you and your family —

    Carol Diggs, Edelman DC

  • John_Holland

    I first met Dan in Melbourne in the early 90s when we had breakfast together. For two hours we talked across a range of subjects then stood up and shook hands. I had just sold my small PR firm to Dan and we had never even discussed what my role in the firm would be or a price – “We’ll just leave that to the accountants,” I remember him saying. We trusted each other and it was a trust amply repaid over the next 15 or so years as I worked with Edelman in three offices on three continents. My sons still fondly recall sleeping in Dan and Ruth’s hotel bed when we could not get a babysitter and were having dinner with the Edelmans in Singapore. Edelman always was, and is, a family company. My deepest condolences to Ruth, Richard, John, Renee and the grandchildren.

    Sincerely,

    John Holland

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001460752572 Stacy Smith

    Dear Mrs. Ruth, Richard, John and Renee:

    I’ll not forget the inspiration it was to meet Dan when he spoke to the Edelman D.C. office when I worked there in the mid-1990s. Another one of my fondest memories while with Edelman was the honor of our telecom group traveling to NYC to meet the brilliant Renee at Trattoria Dell’Arte before receiving a PRSA Silver Anvil award. I thought, “What an amazing family!” I will always be grateful to have worked for Edelman and for the fantastic learning experience it gave me early in my career.

    Please know of my heartfelt condolences to your family on your loss. I will forever appreciate Dan and the indelible progress he made for our industry. The history books should honor his legacy as do you with your good work.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Stacy Smith, APR

  • Kate Gordon

    Dan was a trailblazer to whom a great many of us owe our careers, lifelong friendships and even our families (I met my future husband while on assignment abroad!). Thank you to Dan, Richard and all the Edelmans for creating a fantastic company, and giving me the opportunity to learn from the best as a member of the “family” for 10 memorable years in New York, London and Milan.

    Kate Gordon

  • Austen Zecha

    As Dan’s co-founder of Edelman PR in Malaysia, I so fondly remember Dan coming by my then AMC-Saatchi & Saatchi Compton agency office here in early-1984. When he learned of my Dutch nationality, although I was born in Indonesia, and my having graduated from Andover, he said, “Well we can’t be perfect, I guess, because my oldest son, Richard, who I’m grooming to take over from me, went to that better school, Exeter.” Amazingly, it took us only a couple of days to strike a deal — based entirely on mutual trust and give-and-take — whereby I spun out our then PR unit from my advertising agency to create Edelman PR (Malaysia). In all my 42-year career of starting up and selling agencies in advertising, PR, media or Corporate Identity — from Hong Kong to Indonesia — Dan was by far the most direct and magnanimous partner! And I will also cherish the memory of our handful of tennis matches which we played “like mad dogs and Englishmen” under our blazing, tropical sun. Indeed, therefore, may Dan’s soul Rest in Peace. And, Richard, my sincere condolences to you and the family on your father’s passing. Here’s hoping, too, our paths will cross again soon.

  • Martin Floerkemeier

    Dear Ruth, Richard, Renee and John
    I was very sorry to hear about the loss of your magnificent husband and father. But over the sadness that has darkened the past days it is also wonderfull to see that he has meant so much for so many of usand that is something you should always be proudof and glad for!
    I was a very young Assistant Account Executive in our Frankfurt office back in 1996, serving my first week when I had the pleasure of personally meeting Dan the first time while he was visiting the – by then only – German office. The knowledge of his achievement and the degree of engagement with all of us really made an impression on me and has helped a lot to “win me over” for this family business, back in 1996 and more so today, 16,5 years later. I am so proud to be part of Dan’s fantastic heritage!

    My best wishes and deepest sympathy to you all!
    Martin

    Martin Flörkemeier
    Managing Director
    Edelman Frankfurt

  • ResPublica Consulting

    At ResPublica we salute the spirit of Daniel J. Edelman, founder of one of the
    world’s largest public relations firms and pay our condolences to the family. As
    he continues to inspire us through a lifetime of modesty, grit and healthy
    competition, we strive to live up to the ideals and principles he lived by.

    Our deepest respect. Rest in Peace.

    Team ResPublica

    ResPublica Consulting,
    Kochi, India

    http://www.facebook.com/notes/respublica-consulting/daniel-j-edelman-1920-2013-farewell-to-a-veteran/510307682325838

  • Melinda McMullen

    The last time I saw Dan was when my husband and I visited him at home around the time of his 90th birthday. I hadn’t seen Dan in probably 15 years, but he was just as inquisitive as ever, probing me about my career and whether Edelman was doing a good job of servicing our business. (They were/are!)

    Nobody had higher standards for client service than Dan. It drove everything we did during the seven years I was with the firm. Dan and Richard taught me to put ethics and transparency above all else, to know the client’s business as well as our own, and to never stop growing – personally and professionally.

    The world has lost an extraordinary leader and human being with the loss of Dan Edelman. But what a legacy he leaves. It is a legacy that goes well beyond the Edelman firm, and extends to the thousands upon thousands of former Edelman employees and current and former Edelman clients who were positively impacted through knowing him.

    Melinda McMullen
    Current Edelman Client
    and former Edelman Employee (1987-1993)

  • http://www.facebook.com/16toms Tom Ho

    Dear Richard – I never met Dan and will never do. What all edelmen and I can do is to make him proud. My sincere condolences to you and your entire family.

  • http://twitter.com/ChefRichard_TO ChefRichard_TO

    Richard,
    My heart goes out to you and your family. Dan will be missed. Our firm, Harshe-Rotman & Druck, Inc. competed vigorously with the Edelman operation but in all cases, Dan was a true gentleman. He always acted like a friend and I will always be grateful for that. He was a giant of the PR profession, and the success of Edelman reflects that. My condolences to the extended Edelman family.

  • Emily Lewis Penn

    Dear Richard,

    While I never had the honor to personally meet your dad, I know that he lives on in the hearts and minds of all the lives he touched. It is so clear to me that he was a remarkable person, not just in business, but also in the community and with family. What an amazing role model! He must have been so proud of you, and all that you have accomplished.

    Warmest wishes,
    Emily Lewis Penn

  • Jim Collins

    Back in 1976, while working as PR Director for Air France in Washington, DC, I had the great pleasure of working with the Edelman team during the introduction of the Concorde supersonic airliner to the U.S. market. Edelman’s contribution to the successful outcome of that campaign was outstanding, considering the strong anti-Concorde activities of those who opposed its introduction. A few years later, I was working for Air France in Paris, when I ran into Dan at an Edelman-sponsored reception. He was standing with a small group of people, including some French executives, and asked me to join them. After a few minutes of conversation, he asked one of the French executives to engage me in French with a few questions….to which I responded. Afterwards, Dan turned to the executive and asked him how good was my French. “Very good for an American,” said the executive…not realizing that I was born in France to an American father and French mother. “Great,” said Dan with a big smile….”why don’t you come work for us?” My response was that I didn’t realize this was a test! Dan just kept smiling. I didn’t take advantage of the offer, although I sometimes wished I had. But, I did get the opportunity to work with Edelman again at least three times in my career…with equally good results. Dan created the foundation of a truly exceptional company with great people dedicated to providing their clients with the best service in the business. To Richard and the entire Edelman family, I want to express my deepest condolences for your loss.

    Jim Collins
    Luxembourg

  • http://www.facebook.com/corneliaconnors Connie Connors

    Dear Richard, Renee and family,
    My most sincere condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your extended family.

  • Ted Bravakis

    I first met Dan in 1991 in Montreal when I was a PR student and he was the featured speaker at an IABC event. It was amazing to meet someone who was featured in my textbooks! To say I was impressed was an understatement. Four years later I joined Edelman in Toronto and I really got to experience Dan’s influence on PR and business. He pored over every part of the business, every office, every client (I remember getting notes from him back on our monthly new business and activity reports). I’ll never forget his keen input on the global mission, vision, values initiative. I distinctly remember his interventions during the GM’s meeting presentation on VMV. After all, it was his name on the door! The last time I spoke to Dan was in 2004 when I decided to leave Edelman and take an opportunity to work in the Caribbean. I almost fell off my chair when he called me. “Are you sure,” he asked? He wanted to make sure I did my due diligence (and maybe reconsider my decision as it included taking Shellie with me). But at the end of the call, he wished me well. My sincere condolences to Ruth, Richard, John and Renée. He was unforgettable and a true legend.

  • http://www.facebook.com/janet.cabot Janet Cabot

    Richard, John and Renee As we acknowledge the loss of Dan and all that he meant to our industry, you mourn the loss of your beloved father. I am so glad I worked at Edelman – the final stop in my own long PR career. I like to say I saved the best for last! The firm I joined reflected the foundation that Dan laid and that you have continued to nuture: commitment to independence, global citizenship and the pursuit of excellence. While I never had the privilege of working directly with Dan, in my first years at the firm I would often run into him in the morning as he went to his office. He never failed to remember my name, ask me me about our food business and offer a few suggestions of companies we should pursue! His passion for the business was undiminished by age. What a remarkable man.

    With deepest sympathy, Janet Cabot

  • http://www.facebook.com/nruscheinski Nancy Ruscheinski

    I’ve had the great privilege of working for Dan and his firm for 25 years, and some of my fondest memories were of my early years at Edelman Chicago, learning from and interacting with Dan on a daily basis. Some of the lessons I learned from him sound simple, but they are so important: be prepared, “do your homework” and thoroughly research companies and opportunities, build relationships, be well-read and well-informed, get involved in the community, document everything in writing (and that writing better be grammatically perfect!), and be tenacious, because a “no” just means “not right now.” Dan took a personal interest in every employee; his welcome notes and handwritten kudos for a job well done still sit in desk drawers all over the world, including mine. (Yesterday I found emails that he sent me 10 years ago, telling me that he had great confidence in me, which I apparently saved in my archives like treasured artifacts.) More than anything else, by his own example, Dan taught the rest of us to stay hungry, stay curious and stay active, no doubt the secret to his longevity in business and in life. I’m so grateful to have known and learned from Dan.

  • Marc Rosenberg

    Richard, Ruth, John, Renee and Edelman Team,
    While I had only joined DJE Chicago as an intern in 1986 working on Morris for President, I had the accidental fortune of helping bring in a very small client called Young American Newspaper. A few days after they began, I found myself in the mens room and as I learned later was the case with so many, found myself eye to eye with the legend himself. Dan introduced himself and when I mentioned my name he asked me to stop by his office. I felt as if I had been called to the principals’ office. As soon I got their, the gentle smile lit up the room and Dan told me that he had heard I was involved in a successful pitch and he was happy to see the passion so early in a career. My year was made. While I only stayed at Edelman 1 1/2 years, my career in pr has been based on imagination, dedication, passion and integrity, all traits Dan brought up in that first meeting. In 1998, I had the good fortune of creating the plan for a toy called Furby as I ran marketing for Tiger Electronics. The day I appeared on the Today Show in 1998, I called the office and was told I received a congratulatory fax from a man named Dan Edelman. This time, my career was made. Dan’s influence will be felt by generations to come, his life example of working hard and focusing on family too are life lessons we all will remember. To the Edelman’s, Thanks for sharing this incredible man.

  • jeff zilka

    I had the privilege to work with Dan ten years ago on a pitch to an iconic Chicago financial company. Dan was relentless: We met the board directors whom he knew beforehand, he made many improvements to the presentation, and he insisted that we rehearse until we knew, in our sleep, every point we wanted to make.
    By the time we walked into the room, there was no question that we would win, not only because we’d forged relationships with the decision-makers (although that undoubtedly helped, and understanding the importance of relationships was one of Dan’s many gifts), but because we’d taken the insights we’d obtained and forged a campaign that we passionately believed in, one that we knew would work for this client.

    Dan was courageous, energetic and modeled habits of excellence, and he inspired these qualities in others. He was a giant, and will be missed. May his memory be blessing to his family and those who knew him, and inspiration to us all.

  • Scott McNealy

    Dan left a huge legacy in the corporate world. But the bigger and more impressive legacy is the amazing circle of friends and family that he built and nurtured and entertained and supported and loved. His son Richard is a shining example. The love and respect between Dan and Richard was evident the first day I attended Harvard and saw how my roommate Richard interacted with his dad. I am honored to have known Dan and to know Richard. Our thoughts are with him and his family.

  • http://twitter.com/MargeryKraus Margery Kraus

    Ruth, Richard, John, Renee, and the entire Edelman (and Edelman PR) family,

    On behalf of the APCO Worldwide team and the Kraus family, we offer our sincere, heartfelt condolences at the loss of Dan. We cherish memories of Dan as a role model in our industry. He inspired many people he never knew and encouraged a lot of people to join our industry. His contributions to push and develop the state of the industry, create a modern firm, help globalize the industry and the many examples of integrity and professionalism he exemplified will be a lasting legacy. The wonderful reflections of his accomplishments that have come from so many only serve to reinforce this.

    I hope that you and your family can take comfort and a share a sense of pride in these contributions as you face your sense of loss.

    On a personal note, Dan really was a role model in encouraging us to follow our dreams and entrepreneurial instincts. He had a sense of curiosity that was refreshing, and I was among those who found him always encouraging, helpful and provocative! I know how proud he was of his family and what has been accomplished and am sure you already miss him a great deal.

    Our deepest sympathies are with the entire Edelman family.

    Margery and Steve Kraus and the APCO Worldwide team

  • Marykate Dolan Reese

    My condolences to the Edelman family, the actual family and the large extended family of employees, clients and alumni. I always recall my days at Edelman as some of the best in my career, even though they were relatively brief (2000 – 2001). I learned so much, and I remember picking to work at Edelman largely because of the case studies I read about during college that highlighted Daniel Edelman as a pioneer for the PR industry. I remember seeing him speak in the lobby of the New York office when it was in Times Square, and feeling so inspired — he was then 80 years old and still active in the business. I read in a few articles that he was still engaged in the business until the end, and that was so great to hear. While I did not know him on a personal level, his passion for the PR industry and his excitement and enthusiasm were contagious. His spirit lives on in the amazing work and commitment of the people of Edelman — past, present and future. I’m thankful for the opportunity I had to be a part of the Edelman culture.

  • Monica

    Richard, I offer my condolences on Dan’s passing. What an indelible mark he leaves on all of us who benefited from his wisdom, tenacity and creativity. In Dan’s honor, I retrieved one of my favorite Dan Edelman memos from 1982…thought you might appreciate some excerpts…a small example of his large impact…

    3/19/82

    …what’s needed in terms of starting an account and/or keeping things rolling once we’re underway on a program…

    1. Cover the beat…

    2. …You should know everyone from the president on down and you should be seeing him from time to time…keep our finger on the pulse…

    3. Do exciting things that provide visibility for the company…Let’s “reach for the stars” as Leo Burnett used to say.

    4. …you’re like a “reporter” who has a particular “beat.” …inject creativity and spirit and you must come up with new ideas and then you have to sell them to the client. It’s the challenge and the fun of our business. And it also assures a happy client and continuity of programs.

    Thanks for your cooperation.

    I always looked forward to Dan’s straightforward talk…even years later when he teased me about my slimmed-down appearance. No doubt, Dan will be greatly missed throughout the PR world. Our thoughts are with Ruth, you, John and Renee — Dan must have been very, very proud of his legacy.

  • Shellie Suter

    In 1996, when we were ramping up the Canadian business, Dan wanted us to respond to every job application received (even those unsolicited) with a personalized letter – no form letters! This small gesture still serves to remind me
    that making time for those just starting out – or looking for new opportunities
    – provided the personal touch that Dan was known for. When the founder of a global professional services firm encourages ‘unbillable’ work, it must be a good business
    practice! His ability to remember names and details was amazing. I marveled that
    he not only knew my name (even though I was in the Toronto office and he saw me
    maybe once a year) but also the clients I worked with. It said to me that regardless of how far up the ladder one might get – it was the people who mattered. In my files, I found a Dan-o-gram sent to Charles Fremes (our Canadian President) in July 1998 that concluded, “It’s a good feeling to know that things are really clicking into place and that the Toronto office is coming along so well under your direction.” Actually… it was coming along as much under your direction Dan – a direction that passed onto Richard. It was a privilege to work at your firm (1996-2005) – the focus on quality, integrity and stellar client service continues to guide me. My sincere condolences to Ruth, Richard, John and Renee.
    Warm regards,
    Shellie Suter

  • http://twitter.com/aritweets Ari

    My journal within Public Relations has been phenomenal. During my educational career when, years ago, when I first heard of Daniel Edelman my ambition was to meet him and work side by side with him and renovate many aspects within PR. When I heard about his passing I was and still am devastated. His legacy will never be forgotten and what makes me sad is not having the opportunity to achieve a level to work alongside this very intelligent and bright man. As I finish my educational career I want to stand bright just as my hero, my mentor, my light towards the PR field. Edelman is a legend and I strive to accomplish half the things he has done.

    Rest in peace Daniel J. Edelman.
    You will forever be greatly appreciated.
    -2013-

  • Aarti Arora

    I have been so saddened this week to hear the news on Dan. My PR career started with Edelman and has given me a home in D.C., Chicago, New York, and London; experiences that I am forever grateful for. I remember when first spotting Dan in the Chicago office-as a young account executive-it felt as if I had a celebrity sighting! I enjoyed our elevator chats and appreciated receiving handwritten notes on various occasions. Thank you Dan for establishing a company I have been proud and happy to call home in so many places. My heartfelt condolences to Ruth, Richard and family.

  • Rita Gilmore

    Ruth, Richard, Renee and John-

    It is with a very heavy heart that I write to send you my deepest sympathy. Dan was such an important part of my life. When I look back I remember our first meeting. He interviewed me than offered me a job with his newly formed company. I knew immediately that I would want to work with him and for him.

    But that was just the beginning. When he persuaded me to move to New York to manage the NYC office, I thought it would be just for a few years until I returned to Chicago. Instead it was just the beginning of a new life. I met Bob Gilmore who a bit later was offered a position with Matson Navigation in San Francisco. Shortly after he moved, he proposed by phone and I soon gave Dan my notice. I recall telling Bob that it was not a two weeks notice situation since I was heading the office I needed to give Dan two months.

    Dan chose Alma Triner to succeed me and she not only took my position, but she sublet my apartment. I did some free lance work for

    DJE in San Francisco and L.A. Then when Dan was asked to make a presentation to the Wine Industry leaders, he asked if I would be interested in opening a San Francisco office if we got the account. I readily agreed, so he asked me to come to Chicago to work on the presentation and then, later, to accompany him to the presentation. He advised the wine people that if we were given the account I would head it up. He told them that I had formerly headed his NY office. They did award DJE the account and I was set to return to full time work. I was somewhat amazed because in San Francisco women were rarely seen in high places.

    As it turned out, I shortly thereafter discovered I was pregnant and told Dan I couldn’t handle a new office AND a new baby. When he asked who I would suggest for the spot, I suggested Harvey Posert who then worked on the account for many years.

    Dan was a very, very special person – bright, creative, kind and expected the best for all who worked for him or with him; The best quality of all was integrity. People with the media soon learned that anything we presented was truthful and we could be depended upon.

    Were it not for Dan, I would not be living in California,curiously just half a block from the Edelman offices. I always admired and respected Dan. Curiously, a number of people at the Regent where I am living, learned of my connection to Edelman and have brought me clippings from the WSJ and the NY Times of the obituary and have expressed their condolances which really belong to you.

    Dan was a Oner – there never was and never will be anyone quite like him. I hope the memories of your many years together will make his passing a little more bearable.

    Sincerely.

    Rita Gilmore

  • http://www.goodvibeagency.com/ Josia Nakash

    A special human being who took his family values to work with him every day. A legacy that will never stop giving. “We all have to help each other out” – tnx Kathy

  • Andy Clark

    The term legend is thrown around a lot, but in the case of Dan Edelman it definitely applies. I had my own “Files Night” not too long ago and found this picture of the Edelman PR League Championship circa 1991ish. When I first joined Edelman as an AE, I showed up at my first softball game about a month after I was hired. I really didn’t know too many people so I was a little apprehensive and even more so when Dan arrived. He was probably around 70 at the time and of course had just come from the Lincoln Park Tennis Club having played several sets of tennis already that morning.

    Edelman wasn’t nearly as big as it is now, but big enough that the Kuala Lumpur office was already on the business card, and after all his name was on the door. I thought then and I think now that it was very cool that the Chicago softball team was important enough for him to come to…virtually every game. I introduced myself, and he immediately engaged me in conversation about the sports group, and
    after that I was always comfortable talking to Dan.

    If my memory serves me right, Mark Pyper who couldn’t have been more than 25 at the time was the coach. Dan told Mark something to the effect that he shouldn’t worry about where or when to play him. So Mark reads off the lineup, and Dan isn’t in it. Dan then goes “Pyper, what are you benching me?” Mark turns completely red and fumbles around for a minute and says “I’m sorry Dan, I didn’t know you wanted to play”. As a smart Edelman AE, he quickly recovers and announces that Dan will be batting third and playing first base. I believe that Karen McRoberts had been the one taken out for Dan, and she says “Mark, that’s not fair!” Mark responds, “When your
    name is on the t-shirt, you can call the shots”.

    Great place, great work, and most importantly great people…best job I ever had.

    Thanks Dan.

  • http://www.edelman.com/ Jon Silver

    Wanted to share with this community an article from the Desert News in Salt Lake City http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865571212/Daniel-Edelman-was-a-PR-giant-whose-influence-stretched-to-Utah-and-beyond.html

  • joyloverde

    Dan Edelman was a role model for successful aging. Dan Edelman believed in himself. He respected his public relations company, his employees, and clients. He loved his family. Successfully aging people like Dan Edelman always do the right thing.

    Observing Mr. Edelman from afar, I learned valuable life lessons about how to age successfully. Stories about his humble beginnings influenced me to be more grateful for all I have been given. Dan Edelman was thankful for the challenges he encountered along the way. The more successful he became the more compassion he displayed toward the human condition. This humble, loving man helped me to be a better person toward others.

    According to Dan Edelman everyone on this earth matters and plays an important role in keeping the world informed and connected. Through his personal interactions with others I learned the value of responsible communication and social engagement. There is good reason why Edelman Public Relations is the most respected communication firm in the world.

    Dan Edelman taught me about fearlessness and winning, and that living a life of no regrets and excuses were far more admirable lifetime goals than playing it safe.

    I am especially inspired by his drive for perfection. His work ethic was founded on the
    principal of doing your best and nothing less, or else why bother? If it takes me hours to write a single paragraph then so be it.

    Without a doubt, the greatest life lesson Dan Edelman bestowed upon me is resilience. As a long-time advocate of older adults, I have personally witnessed the impact of loss in old age — physically and otherwise. Successful agers are resilient. Having lived over nine decades, Dan Edelman managed his lion’s share of losses with the dignity of a king.

    Wherever you are right now, Mr. Edelman, I “hear” you loud and clear. I can feel your presence looking me in the eye and compassionately telling me to carry on and
    be all that I can be until my very last breath. I will take your advice to heart. You are like no other, Mr. Edelman, and you will be forever missed.

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