Slideshow: Remembering Harold Burson

PRWeek shares photos and video from his illustrious career.

  • Harold Burson in 1937. Taken at Olan Mills portrait studio in Tuscaloosa, AL.

    Harold Burson in 1937. Taken at Olan Mills portrait studio in Tuscaloosa, AL.

  • Harold Burson in 1947, age 21.

    Harold Burson in 1947, age 21.

  • Harold Burson in 1952. Taken at Bachrach Studios.

    Harold Burson in 1952. Taken at Bachrach Studios.

  • Harold Burson and partner Bill Marsteller in 1960, planning their firm's expansion into Europe.

    Harold Burson and partner Bill Marsteller in 1960, planning their firm's expansion into Europe.

  • Harold Burson and Bob Leaf celebrate the 1973 opening of Burson Marsteller's Hong Kong office.

    Harold Burson and Bob Leaf celebrate the 1973 opening of Burson Marsteller's Hong Kong office.

  • November 20, 1970, the 25th Anniversary of Nuremberg Trials, which Harold Burson covered as a U.S. Army reporter for the American Forces Network.

    November 20, 1970, the 25th Anniversary of Nuremberg Trials, which Harold Burson covered as a U.S. Army reporter for the American Forces Network.

  • Harold Burson in the 1980s, working in his office.

    Harold Burson in the 1980s, working in his office.

  • DuJour Media Founder Jason Binn and Harold Burson, founding chairman of Burson-Marsteller pose circa April 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jason Binn/WireImage)

    DuJour Media Founder Jason Binn and Harold Burson, founding chairman of Burson-Marsteller pose circa April 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jason Binn/WireImage)

  • Harold Burson in the early 2000s. Photos courtesy of Burson-Marsteller.

    Harold Burson in the early 2000s. Photos courtesy of Burson-Marsteller.

  • Harold Burson posing with a sculpture of himself, at their offices in Hong Kong. (Photo by Jonathan Wong/South China Morning Post via Getty Images)

    Harold Burson posing with a sculpture of himself, at their offices in Hong Kong. (Photo by Jonathan Wong/South China Morning Post via Getty Images)

  • Harold Burson posing with a sculpture of himself, at their offices in Hong Kong. (Photo by Jonathan Wong/South China Morning Post via Getty Images)

    Harold Burson posing with a sculpture of himself, at their offices in Hong Kong. (Photo by Jonathan Wong/South China Morning Post via Getty Images)

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Harold Burson, one of the most influential PR figures of the 20th century, passed away on Friday at 98. 

The Burson-Marsteller founder received numerous awards for his work and was inducted into the PRWeek Hall of Fame in 2013.

View the timeline of photos throughout Burson's career above, and watch a series of video interviews, panel discussions and more below.

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