Longtime supporter and former RTDNF trustee George Glazer has died at 86, his family tells the Foundation.
Glazer was perhaps best known to RTDNA members as committee chairman of RTNDF's First Amendment Awards, which he helped to create in 1990. He was instrumental in the success of the event, encouraging honorees, attendees and sponsors to take part. Among his many friends were some of the best known names in journalism, including Walter Cronkite, Don Hewitt and Mike Wallace, all of whom were frequent attendees of the awards ceremony.
As a trustee of the Foundation, he helped create and support scholarships for journalism students and worked to build funding for Foundation programs. For his efforts, he was honored by the Association and Foundation in 1996 with the Barney Oldfield Distinguished Service Award.
“George worked tirelessly for our organizations," said RTDNA/RTDNF Executive Director Mike Cavender. "As a Foundation trustee, he was a driving force behind our annual First Amendment banquet and his work enabled us to grow our scholarships and training programs. George’s endearing trademark was a smile and a good word to everyone he met."
Glazer was executive director of Worldwide Broadcast and Satellite Services and a senior managing director of the New York office of the public relations firm Hill and Knowlton. In his career, he managed press operations for events such as the Reagan-Gorbachev Iceland Summit meeting, the North and South American media relations program for the successful bid by Athens for the 2004 Olympic Games and many more.
A Penn State graduate, he held several key public relations posts after beginning his career as an editor and reporter at WCAU-AM and TV in Philadelphia. He also served for many years as a judge for the Emmy Awards and the National Cable Television Association's ACE Awards.
The Glazer family has asked in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to the Foundation:
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