SCARSDALE, NY: Bette Burson, the wife of Harold Burson, founder of Burson-Marsteller, passed away yesterday.
Burson was 85 and suffered from an inoperable brain tumor. The couple were married for more than 62 years. She worked as an office manager for the predecessor public relations firm to Burson-Marsteller for five years following her marriage.
“Our firm grieves with Harold during this sad time,” said Burson-Marsteller CEO Mark Penn. “I know he has been touched by the outpouring of concern that so many people inside and outside our firm extended to him during Bette's illness. Our thoughts are with the entire Burson family.”
The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, contributions should be sent to the Scarsdale Woman's Club, 37 Drake Road, Scarsdale, NY or the Edgemont Scholarship Fund, c/o Edgemont High School, 300 White Oak Lane, Scarsdale, NY 10583. The family plans a private funeral.