Sad to report.
Richard E. Cheney, a former Hill & Knowlton chairman who was among the first public relations executives to advise on mergers and acquisitions before resigning to practice psychoanalysis, has died. He was 94.
Cheney, who was Hill & Knowlton chairman from 1987 to 1991, specialized in advising companies involved in M&A during a 33-year career at the public relations firm.
Shortly after joining the company in 1960, he was assigned to guide the Dallas-based brothers John and Clint Murchison in a successful proxy fight for Alleghany Corp., which controlled the New York Central Railroad and a group of investment funds. Cheney said his bosses tapped him for the deal because he had prior experience in financial public relations.
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