CHESTER BURGER

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BURGER, CHESTER, retired management consultant; b. Brooklyn., Jan 10, 1921; s. Benjamin W. and Terese (Felleman) B.; m. Hannah Kaufman, Jan. 30, 1948; children: Jeffrey Allen, Todd Oliver, Amy Louise; m. Ninki Hart, Jan. 9, 1959 (dec. Jan. 1969); m. Elisabeth Miller Owen, Sept. 2, 1971.
1946
  BA, Brooklyn College
1941-42
 
With CBS Radio
1946-48
 
1st U.S. TV reporter, visualizer, CBS TV News
1948-50
 
asst. news editor, CBS-TV
1950-52
 
news editor. CBS-TV
1952-53
 
film assignment editor, CBS-TV
1953
 
national manager, CBS-TV News
1954-55
 
writer-producer, Omnibus program, Ford Foundation
1955
 
consultant, Life magazine
1955-88
 
public relations dept., AT&T (and associated companies)
1955-57
 
Public Relations Counsel, asst. to president, Ruder and Finn, Inc.
1957-60
 
v.p., plans, Ruder and Finn, Inc.
1960-62
 
president, Communications Counselors (public relations division, Interpublic, Inc.), New York, N.Y.
1963-65
 
president, Echelons Office Temporaries, Inc. (and associated companies)
1964-88
 
president, Chester Burger & Co., Inc. (management consulting)
1988-90
 
senior cons., Chester Burger & Co., Inc.
1991- 2000
 
counsel, James E. Arnold Consultants, Inc., New York, N.Y.
1964-65
  cons., Coca-Cola Export Corp.
1967
  guest lecturer, New School for Social Research
1969-72
  guest lecturer, University of Michigan Graduate School of Business Administration
1970-76
  guest lecturer, NYU Division of Business and Management
1970
  guest lecturer, Dalhousie University
1973-85
  consultant, American Bankers Association
1974
  consultant, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.
1986
  consultant, AARP
1986-88
  cons., American Cancer Society
1994
  cons., The Carter Center, Atlanta
  lecturer public relations role in management
     
  Author
1964
  “Survival in the Executive Jungle”
1966
  “Executives Under Fire”
1969
  “Executive Etiquette”
1972
  “Walking the Executive Plank” (also published as “Creative Firing”)
1978
  “The Chief Executive”
     
    Editor
1984, 1988
  Inside Public Relations, also articles
1953, 54, 55
  Mike and Screen Press Directory
1972-74
  Persuasion (monthly newsletter)

1975-79
 
editorial advisory board Public Relations Journal
     
    Contributing Editor
1959-88
  Quarterly Review of Public Relations (name now Public Relations Quarterly)
1967-68
  Popular Photography magazine
     
  Board of Directors
1965-68
  N.Y. Interracial Council for Business Opportunity
1964-67
  N.Y. Diabetes Association
1973-76
  National Comm. Council for Human Services
1993-96
  Choice in Dying, Inc.; treasurer 1996; national chairman, 1999
1990-94
  Union Theological Seminary, N.Y.C.
1967-76
  secretary, executive committee, trustee, National Urban League
1962-63
  public relations chairman, Young Pres. Org.
1969-85
  adv. com., Black Executive Exchange Program
1981-86
  1st v.p. National Urban League Development Foundation, Inc.
1981-86
  mem. private sector adv. comm., U. S. Information Agency
1982-88
  national advisory council, Connecticut College
1989-94
  advisory council, Project Orbis
1984-   
  president, board of trustees, elder Central Presbyterian Church, City of N.Y.
1992
  member, White House Health Project Task Force
1993-    
  advisory board, Population Comm. International
1996-1988
  bd. advisors, Medicare Rights Center
     
  Awards and Citations
1974
  Distinguished Service citation, United Negro College Fund
1982
  Outstanding Service, U. S. Information Agency
1991
  1st Drew Middleton Public Affairs award, U. S. Marine Corps
1995
  Awarded medal for Outstanding Service to the U. S. by U. S. Government
1988
  named Counselors Counselor and Life Member, Counselors Academy
1992
  named to Hall of Fame for Lifetime Contributions to Profession, Arthur W. Page Society
1980
  John W. Hill Award, Public Relations Society of America, N.Y. chapter
1987
 

Gold Anvil award for unusually significant contributions, Public Relations Society of America

1995
  Special award, International Association of Business Communicators
     
  Member
1955-    
  Public Relations Society of America
1959-60
  Telephone Pioneers of America (honorary)
1959-61
  American Public Relations Association (director, N.Y. chapter, 1959-60, v.p. each chapter, 1960-61)
1972-94
  International Association of Business Communicators
1972-94
  American Arbitration Association, (national panel of arbitrators)
1993-   
  National Association of Securities Dealers (national panel of arbitrators)
1998-   
  Association of Former Intelligence Officers

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