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Kalman Druck


Memories of a Great Man


Fair thee well
Fair thee well
I love you more than words can tell

(Grateful Dead)

This column is going to be about the circle of life. There are parallels to the market and it's the mission of Minyanville to recognize the ups and downs, the bulls, bears and the cycles of the market which parallel the cycles of life.

This was a very tough week for me personally. I lost someone who was extremely special in my life; my grandfather, Kalman B. Druck. He died Sunday on my son's eighth birthday. It's now a day to celebrate two of the best guys in my life.

My Pop was one of those characters that was truly bigger than life. He taught me so much so I thought I'd share just a little bit about him:

Kalman B. Druck was known as "one of the fathers of Public Relations." He died on March 26, 2006. He was 91 years old.

He was a founding member of the Public Relations Society of America and later in 1951 was made the New York Chapter's President. In 1960 he set out to open his own business and on July 1, 1961, joined forces with Morry Rotman and formed Harshe-Rotman & Druck. HR&D became the sixth largest Public Relations firm in the country with major clients such as American Motors, Mattel, Hertz, "21" Brands, The New York Times and West Point to name a few.

In 1971, he was inaugurated as the National President of the Public Relations Society of America, and was honored in Washington, DC.

More importantly, my Grandfather or "Poppop" as he was known to me was a true patriarch. He was solid as a rock and hero to his wife Pearl and our entire family. We will miss him terribly. A giant in life, career, presence and in personality, he will always be remembered by all whose lives he touched.

This just scratches the surface on what I could say about him. I was lucky enough to get to spend last Tuesday with him in Florida. I spent the day thanking him for everything he gave me in life and told him how much I loved him over and over. I couldn't tell him enough and leaving his side was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do.

His last words to me were "Kev…go change the world." He meant it and that's what I'm going to do, guided by him every step of the way.

When I sat with him last Tuesday, I read him a note I had written:

"I hope I can enjoy the journey as much as I believe you have. I hope I can see the world you have seen. I hope I can leave an imprint on business and society the way you did for Public Relations. I know I am in your thoughts and in your heart as you're in mine and always will be.

Finally, I hope that I can continue to walk in your footsteps knowing that you're walking with me every step of the way.

I love you Pop, more than you'll ever know. You're the best. "

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