FRED T. FERGUSON

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FERGUSON--Fred T. Fred T. Ferguson, journalist, editor, and public relations professional died on Friday at New York Presbyterian Medical Center. He was eighty-two. A graduate of New York Military Academy, Ferguson, a veteran newsman with wide experience, began his career as a stringer on Pacific Stars and Stripes during the Korean War covering the southern Japanese Islands. In 1956, Ferguson began at United Press International as a copyboy, and worked his way up through the ranks of reporter and editor at bureaus in Jackson, MS, Mineaola, NY, Trenton and Newark, NJ. He later served as Regional Executive for New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware. One of his fondest memories was escorting former President Harry S. Truman on his daily walks. In 1980, Ferguson won the New York Press Association's News Feature Award for a series he wrote on the advent of robotics in the US. Twenty-seven years later, Ferguson went onto begin his second career in Public Relations. After eight years at DAY (now Olgivy PR), PR Newswire hired him to coach their clients writing press releases. Public speaking expert, Dorothy Sarnoff, trained Ferguson to speak across the country on "Writing press releases editors will notice." A favorite phrase of his was: "Now I'm a flack instead of a hack!" Never retiring, he went on to start his own consulting company: Fred-Editing Help, after leaving PR Newswire at the age of 77. To say he loved his work would be understatement. A great story teller, Ferguson spoke last spring at the National Hemophilia Foundation's Annual Soiree where he was honored for his work on the board. An energetic person, who continued to be motivated by his longtime girlfriend, Gloria Marti, Ferguson danced, skied, played tennis, ice skated, traveled extensively and was an avid opera and theater goer. He also raised his two children by himself, for the most part, at a time when that was not the norm. His son, Dr. Robert Ferguson of Paxton, MA survives him as well as his daughter, former Mayor, Lisa Uchrin of Lebanon, NJ, his granddaughter, Kyla Ferguson of Leeds, MA and his two grandsons, Zachary Ferguson of Boston, MA and George Uchrin, age 14. He was their beloved "Pop Pop." In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the . Visitation with the family will be held at the Frank Campbell Funeral Home, 1076 Madison Ave. on Friday, August 29, 2014 from 7-9:00pm.

Published in The New York Times on Aug. 26, 2014
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