PR loses a leader in tragic death of Stephen Pisinski

SAN FRANCISCO: Stephen D. Pisinski, president of the Montgomery Group and former PRSA president, passed away suddenly at the age of 52 last week.

SAN FRANCISCO: Stephen D. Pisinski, president of the Montgomery Group and former PRSA president, passed away suddenly at the age of 52 last week.

Pisinski was still active within the PRSA, serving as 2002 chair of the nominating committee. "This is truly devastating news for the PR industry and for the PRSA,

said Joann Killeen, president of PRSA.

"We have lost an esteemed leader. Steve was my friend, colleague, and mentor, as he was to many others at the PRSA."

Pisinski began his career in 1971 at Ketchum in Pittsburgh, later transferring to Ketchum San Francisco, where he stayed for six years and attained the position of VP and associate director. In 1981, he opened and directed the San Francisco office of Burson-Marsteller, and later worked for Burson in New York. In 1984, he opened his own agency, SDP Communications, which was acquired by Ogilvy & Mather in 1985. He was GM of Ogilvy's San Francisco office from 1985 to 1991.

He held a bachelor's degree in history from Georgetown University and a master's in PR from Boston University.

His wife Patrice and two children, Amanda and Spencer, survive him.

Funeral arrangements will be posted on www.prsa.org.

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