Public relations - in fact, society in its totality – has suffered an incalculable loss with the untimely death of Marilyn Laurie. Her remarkable career encompassed both the world of business and the public sector. Highly respected by her professional peers, her counsel was heard at the top-most levels of one of the world’s great business enterprises, AT&T.

She gave unstintingly of her time and resources to such institutions as Columbia University, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York City Ballet and the New York City Partnership. As one of the nation’s most visible public relations practitioners, she materially enhanced the stature and credibility of the profession as a key management function. She was my friend and colleague for a quarter century. I will miss both her wit and her wisdom.