Dan Edelman (1920-2013)

Dan founded Daniel J. Edelman, Inc. in Chicago in 1952, and has helped to grow the company into the world’s largest PR firm.

Dan began his career as a reporter in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. before he was drafted during World War II, receiving four battle stars and the Commendation Medal. He later became a news writer for CBS and served as PR director for the Toni Company before founding his own firm.

He has received a PRSA Gold Anvil Award, the first-ever Outstanding Achievement Award presented by the China International Public Relations Association, the Lion of Finland, the PRSA Lifetime Achievement Award and the PR Seminar Group Award for Distinguished Service.

Dan is a member of the Arthur Page Society and The Seminar, and is a PRSA Fellow.

Dan graduated from Columbia College and earned an M.S. degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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