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HALLAHAN ROBERT E. HALLAHAN National Association of Broadcasters A former Public Relations Spokesman for The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), Robert E. Hallahan (Bob), 80, died October 12, 2012 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, MD and was cremated at The National Crematory in Falls Church, VA. He had complications from cardiovascular disease and died of a heart attack. Mr. Hallahan joined the NAB public relations department when he was hired by John Couric in 1963. He served in various capacities under John Couric, Shaun Sheehan and others until his retirement in 1989 when Walt Wurfel was head of the department. He was named director of NAB's Public Relations News Bureau when it was formed in 1971. Responsibilities included responding to general media inquiries on a daily basis both at the NAB offices in Washington DC and at numerous conventions and town meetings. He also represented the broadcasting industry at meetings of groups such as the President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped and the National Coalition Against Censorship and was also national chairman of the Poison Prevention Week Council. Bob was born in Corning, New York. After graduating from the Corning Free Academy, and prior to joining the Navy, he was employed as continuity director at WCLI- AM-FM Radio in Corning. After serving two years in the US Navy, he majored in radio-TV at Michigan State University earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts. He was also a member of the debating team. Upon graduating from Michigan State, Mr. Hallahan moved to Washington DC where he was employed as an editor with the Army Times newspapers and an Army intelligence agency before joining NAB. Mr Hallahan enjoyed travelling and managed to visit many countries. His favorite winter vacation destination was the Caribbean. He also enjoyed the theatre. He acted in theatre productions in high school, in several summer stock productions with the Corning Theatre Group, in several theatre productions at Michigan State as well as attending many Broadway Productions in New York and Washington. Bob also enjoyed the entertainment that TV and Radio provided. Friends will remember him for his keen sense of humor. Bob Hallahan was predeceased by his parents James Donald (Opp) Hallahan and Louise Painter Hallahan. His paternal grandfather, James Patrick Hallahan, was Mayor of Corning New York. Survivors include a Brother, James Joseph Hallahan of Hammonds Port, NY and a friend, Marlet H. Benedick of Washington, DC. There will be no memorial service in honor of his expressed wishes. Because of his love of animals, those who so desire may make a memorial donation to one of his two favorite charities, The Washington Animal Rescue League, 71 Oglethorpe Street, NW, Washington, DC 20011, www.warl.org, Phone 202-726-2556 or Fried's Cat Shelter, PO Box 241, Michigan City, IN 46361, www.friedscatshelter.org, Phone 219-874-6932.
Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 20, 2013