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October 08, 2014

PRSA to Present Kathleen Lewton with Patrick Jackson Award for Distinguished Service

NEW YORK, Oct. 8, 2014 – The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) announced today that its Patrick Jackson Award for Distinguished Service will be presented to Kathleen Larey Lewton, MHA, MSJ, APR, Fellow PRSA. The award will be presented at the PRSA 2014 International Conference during the Monday general session on Oct. 13 in Washington, D.C.
“For more than four decades, Kathy has been a force within PRSA and her leadership and legacy can be felt across all facets of our organization,” said Joe Cohen, APR, 2014 PRSA National Chair. “She is a person who has done it all, helping to guide and grow PRSA Health Academy, the PRSA Foundation and serving as a past National Chair.  She is also a great friend and colleague, and I am so pleased to recognize Kathy with this well-deserved honor.”
Lewton, a healthcare public relations and marketing professional, has served 22 years in scientific and healthcare organizations, 14 years as a senior executive at several major agencies, working with pharmaceutical, biotech and healthcare provider clients, and four years as the principal of her own firm, Lewton, Seekins & Trester LLC.
“This award is significant not because of who wins it, but because of the person it honors—Pat Jackson,” said Lewton. “Pat's decades of service to PRSA were legendary—and as he led the way to redefine public relations from publicity to behavioral science, he led PRSA to new prominence as the global voice for our profession. We all follow in his footsteps, and our service to PRSA reflects our commitment to his vision for the profession and the Society.”
The award is named in honor of the late and legendary Patrick Jackson, APR, Fellow PRSA, a widely known and respected practitioner in the public relations profession. It is intended to recognize a PRSA member who has significantly contributed to advancing PRSA from the Chapter to National levels, as well as furthered the Society by inspiring fellow practitioners professionally and personally.
The 2001 National President of PRSA, Lewton is also the author of Public Relations in Health Care: A Guide for Professionals.  She is a past chair of the Board of Trustees of the PRSA Foundation and past president of Women in Communications, Inc.
The Conference will be held at Washington Marriott Wardman Park. A full lineup of speakers and registration information can be found at the Conference website. Discounted hotel and travel rates are also available.
About the Public Relations Society of America
PRSA is the largest professional organization serving the U.S. public relations community. With a mission to “advance the profession and the professional,” PRSA provides news and information, thought leadership, continuing education and networking opportunities; sets standards of professional excellence and ethical conduct; and advocates for the business value of public relations and greater diversity among public relations professionals. Based in New York, PRSA comprises 110 local Chapters; 14 Professional Interest Sections that focus on specific industries and practice areas; and the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), which is active at more than 340 colleges and universities.
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