Public Relations Tactics

A tribute to Arthur Yann, APR

July 3, 2013

PRSA’s Vice President of Public Relations,  Arthur Yann, APR, passed away suddenly on June 13. Here, friends and colleagues share their fond memories of him:

“Arthur was a consummate professional — a credit to our Society and our profession. Those of us who worked with him valued his intelligence, integrity and great sense of humor — and we also knew him as a devoted and loving husband and father.” — Judy Phair, APR, Fellow PRSA

“We mourn the loss of a great man, an amazing writer, a brilliant strategist, a loyal friend to many, a dedicated husband and father, and an ethical man who touched this world with his wit and truth.” — Marisa Vallbona, APR, Fellow PRSA

“I had the privilege of working with Arthur for the past two years. He was a consummate PR professional — bright, articulate.  And in his personal life, a devoted husband, father and Pittsburgh Penguins fan.” — Deborah Silverman, Ph.D., APR

“Thank you, Arthur, for your enthusiastic service to the profession — compassionate, compelling, cogent and courageous.” — Gerard Corbett, APR, Fellow PRSA

“I could always count on Arthur for laughs and a fellow cynic’s point-of-view about occurrences in our shared PR industry. He had a fun, dry wit and was always happy to help out his fellow PR pros, whether it was a bit of advice, a job lead or blowing off steam over a cocktail.” — Ken Hunter, APR

“You were always grace under pressure and one of the classiest acts in PR.” — Kami Watson Huyse, APR

“Arthur was a great friend. I remember him most for his witty sense of humor, his passion for his family and his love of the PR profession. Arthur always had a strong opinion and he was a great PR counselor. He always knew how to make you laugh.” — Kathy Nelson Barbour, APR

“One of the things that struck me most about Arthur was how valiant he was in defending our profession — there’s no other word for it. There were so many instances when it, and the Association, would come under fire, yet Arthur would politely, yet strongly, defend it.” — Shonali Burke, ABC

“Besides being one of my most favorite people I have had the privilege to work for, he was hilarious, brilliant, supportive, a bright big light and just an all-around nice human being.” — Gabrielle Gewirtz

“Arthur was a consummate professional who was generous with his time, talent and advice to others. He was always a voice of reason, a helping hand and a sage counselor. He made an indelible mark on PRSA, the PR profession and everyone who had the good fortune of knowing him in life.” — Sandra Fathi

“Arthur Yann had the best personality! I always tried to sit by him at PRSSA/PRSA events because he was so witty and always made me laugh.”
Melissa Csuhran

“The work you did at PRSA was exceptional, from the strategy to the planning to the execution to the content — and you did it in such a kind and helpful way. What a blessing for us PRSA members to have had a communications leader who taught us, as well as communicated with us.” — Susan Balcom Walton, M.A., APR

“Your passing is a staggering loss to PRSA and a tremendous personal loss to many of us as well — I smile to think about the good times we’ve shared, the (good-natured) barbs that we’ve traded and the friendship that we’ve built over the past few years.” — Joe Cohen, APR

“Arthur, you were my mentor, colleague and friend. You watched me grow up and gave me guidance along the way.” — Brandi Boatner

“Thank you for being such a wonderful friend and mentor. You had a profound and positive impact on my life and career in public relations and I will forever be in gratitude to you for that. The PR profession has lost one of its true advocates and a great friend to many.” — Keith Trivitt

“May we all strive to advocate for each other the way Arthur Yann did for each one of us.” — Adrienne Wallace

“He has left a legacy that will endure. Countless PR professionals can ask themselves, “What would Arthur do?” when faced with a difficult situation, especially one that requires a deft touch of humor to defuse a situation.” — Mark W. McClennan, APR

“His talent, wit and great personality will be missed by so many. He was a mentor and a friend.” — Deirdre Breakenridge



No comments have been submitted yet.

Post a Comment

Editor’s Note: Please limit your comments to the specific post. We reserve the right to omit any response that is not related to the article or that may be considered objectionable.


To help us ensure that you are a real human, please type the total number of circles that appear in the following images in the box below.

(image of three circles) + (image of eight circles) =



Digital Edition