Jack Raymond

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Jack Raymond (died in 2007)

"Mr. Raymond was a reporter and editor for Stars and Stripes, the Army newspaper, in five World War II campaigns, and was awarded a Bronze Star for valor and a Purple Heart. As a reporter for The New York Times for more than two decades, he covered Germany just after World War II and was among the first reporters to file dispatches from behind the Iron Curtain... Mr. Raymond went on to lead three public relations firms, and devoted much of his later life to the environmental movement. He was the first president and chief executive of the International Institute for Environmental Affairs, now the International Institute for Environment and Development. One of the organization’s first tasks was to help plan the 1972 United Nations conference in Stockholm that became known as the First Earth Summit. The group laid out principles and a plan for managing the global environment...

"In 1957, he began a decade of covering military issues for The Times in Washington. In 1964, he wrote “Power at the Pentagon,” describing how civilian and military leaders joined forces to make decisions. It became a standard college text. In 1966, Mr. Raymond joined the Thomas J. Deegan Company, a public relations firm, as vice president. He later became its president. In 1970, he joined the new environmental organization. His first task was managing the preparation of the book “Only One Earth: The Care and Maintenance of a Small Planet,” by Barbara Ward and Rene Dubos, which became a bible for sustainable development and the blueprint for the United Nations meeting.

"Mr. Raymond was president of the Overseas Press Club of America from 1968 to 1972, and from 1970 to 1974 was part owner, managing editor and book reviewer of The Villager, a weekly community newspaper in Greenwich Village. Mr. Raymond resumed public relations work in 1972 as president and chief executive of the Dialog division of the J. Walter Thompson Company. He left in 1975 to start Jack Raymond & Company. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Gertrude Silverman; a son, David Alan, of Washington; a daughter, Judith, of Manhattan; and three grandchildren." [1]

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  1. NYT Jack Raymond, 88, War Reporter and Fighter for the Environment, Dies, organizational web page, accessed April 22, 2012.