Diary: PR industry pays tribute as it loses one of its founding fathers

Last week the industry said goodbye to one of its most loved and influential practitioners, Alan Campbell-Johnson, who died in February aged 84.

Last week the industry said goodbye to one of its most loved and

influential practitioners, Alan Campbell-Johnson, who died in February

aged 84.



In a thanksgiving service held at St. James’ church in Piccadilly,

Robert Wilkinson vice-president of Coca-Cola Europe paid fitting tribute

to Campbell-Johnson.



’Alan was the best in the business. Not only did he know and in so many

ways define the mechanics of public relations and public affairs, he

also gave it a sense of moral purpose,’ Wilkinson told an audience which

included David McClaren, chief executive of H&K, Terry Franklin of

Franklin Associates, and John Lavelle, executive director of the

IPR.



Campbell-Johnson was press attache to Lord Mountbatten, the last viceroy

of India, before establishing his own consultancy Campbell-Johnson

Limited in 1948. He sold the consultancy to Hill and Knowlton in 1978

but continued to work in PR, first as a director of H&K and then as an

independent consultant.



Campbell-Johnson was also a former president of the IPR and received the

industry’s two highest honours, the Stephen Tallents Medal and the PR

Week Price Jamieson Lifetime Achievement Award.



He was also decorated with the OBE, Companion of the Indian Empire and

the US Legion of Merit.



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