UPDATE: Richard Edelman posted his remembrance on his blog:
Mike understood our business to be communications, not just public relations in its narrowest context but the full complement of disciplines that could deliver the message in the most powerful manner. He led in the design of our integrated programs for the American Petroleum Institute and the Association of American Railroads. Just last summer, as a team sat around trying to come up with a tag line for the Panama Canal’s expansion efforts, Mike sat at the table and listened intently for an hour. Then he leaned forward and said calmly, “Let’s try to simplify things and just say, ‘A better way to go.’ With that, our work was done.
Former First Lady Nancy Reagan said, "Mike was the closest of friends to both Ronnie and me in many ways, and he was like a son to Ronnie. Our lives were so blessed by his love and friendship for over forty years. We met great challenges together, not just in Sacramento during Ronnie's years as Governor, but certainly during our time at the White House. I will miss Mike terribly."
Edelman has asked visitors to leave remembrances, which have covered both Deaver's personal and work life.
My memories of Mike go back to the Goldwater days in Santa Clara County. He was a great guest at a dinner party and played a mean piano. He was always a gentle man, in word and deed. We need more like him. P. Beauchamp Washington State
Dear Mike: You were a giant, a gentleman, and the gentlest of men. Your friendship was a gift I will never forget. Rest well, dear Mike, and may God bless the wonderful family you left too soon. With love and respect, - Chris Kelley Cimko, FD Dittus Communications; Former Edelman, 1997-2004
More remembrances will be posted as they come. As you might suspect, given his stature in the industry and his role at Edelman, Deaver was a great source for PRWeek, especially during the 2004 election. My own recollection was that he had a good sense of humor and was always happy to answer questions. He will be missed.