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Grant Nelson Horne

January 31, 1931 - October 27, 2018

Grant Nelson Horne, age 87, passed away on October 27th at his home in San Francisco, CA after a period of declining health. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on January 14, 1931 and graduated Yale University Magna Cum Laude in 1952.

After graduation, Grant resided in New York City for over 25 years and held positions at the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, the Great Books Foundation, Edison Electric Institute, and Underwood Jordan Associates.

In 1979, Grant moved to San Francisco to join Pacific Gas & Electric Company as Vice President, where he served until retirement. It was a dynamic and challenging role in which he oversaw a staff of 60 professionals charged with all aspects of the company's internal and external communications.

Throughout, Grant was active in numerous professional organizations, including The Public Relations Seminar, The Arthur W. Page Society, the International Association of Business Communicators, the Institute for Public Relations Research, the Public Relations Society of America, and the San Francisco Academy. In 1999, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of The Arthur W. Page Society.

Grant was also a long-time supporter of many philanthropic organizations, including the San Francisco Symphony, the Daughters of Charity Foundation (Los Angeles), the Patrons of the Vatican Museum (Rome), Art Services International (Washington, D.C.), and the United Way of the Bay Area. He left an indelible, positive mark on the world and will be sorely missed by many.

He is survived by his life partner, Mario Alberto Castro of San Francisco and Cuernavaca, Mexico; his daughter Mary Horne (Seth Geeslin), of West Halifax VT; his sister-in-law Sharon Horne of Salt Lake City; and many nieces, nephews and their children and grandchildren.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 11, 2018
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