Norman Wolfe

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Norman Wolfe, co-founder of Cohn & Wolfe, the only Atlanta-based public relations and marketing firm to become an international entity, died peacefully June 4, 2014 in Cumming, Georgia surrounded by family and friends. He was a native of Toledo, Ohio, and a Korean War veteran. Norman, born in 1926 was a graduate of Toledo's Woodward High School where in 1988 he was inducted into the Woodward Hall of Fame. He was also a graduate of The University of Toledo where he was a member of Blue Key national honor society and editor of the campus newspaper. Norman began his newspaper career at the Toledo Blade. In 1953 he joined the Daytona Beach (Florida) News Journal as the bureau chief of their New Smyrna Beach (Florida) office. He later held a similar position for the newly established New Smyrna Beach bureau of the Orlando Sentinel. In 1958 he was selected by the city to receive their New Smyrna Beach Young Man of the Year award for his many contributions including the organization of the city's first Little League baseball and basketball programs. Norman eventually became the Executive Editor of the Orlando Sentinel. In 1976 Norman partnered with Bob Cohn to form what would become Cohn & Wolfe public relations. By the end of 1980, C&W/Atlanta had become the single largest PR organization in the Southeast and Southwest and one of the top five outside New York City. Its top clients included the Coca-Cola Company, Chick-fil-A, Brown & Williamson Tobacco, Courtyard by Marriott and the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas. During his career, Norman was generally recognized to be among the foremost writers in the field and authored position papers and speeches for major companies and high-profile individuals, as well as vehicles for the stage, television, novels and the one he was most proud of, "Troubadour-Bing Crosby and The Invention of Pop Singing", published in 2005 by the International Crosby Circle. He had an extensive collection of Crosby recordings and was a member of just about every known Bing Crosby organization. Wolfe was also an avid golfer and he was a charter member of the Florida Newspaper Editors Associations and was an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America, International Public Relations Society, International Counselor's Academy, Atlanta Advertising Club, Atlanta Press Club and the World Trade Club. He is survived by his son, Robert Wolfe and daughter-in-law Diane Wolfe of California, his granddaughter Ansley Wolfe also of California, his daughter Lisa Wolfe of Florida, and his sister Phyllis (Wolfe) Schueren and brother-in-law Jan Schueren of South Carolina. He is preceded in death by his mother Eleanor Burke, brother Tommy Wolfe and sister Gloria (Wolfe) Sullivan all of Toledo. A family graveside service is planned and will take place in Perrysburg, Ohio at a future date. Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory in Cumming, Georgia is in charge of the arrangements.

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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on June 12, 2014
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