Seymour (Skid) Weiss, 66, national director of communications for the Warner/Elektra/Atlantic Corp., died Jan. 31 in Burbank, Calif., after a prolonged illness.

Weiss joined WEA in 1971, the year the firm was founded. He was a Golden Glove boxer in his early years.

He launched a nationally recognized campaign to fight substance abuse. He also served as a board member and chief adviser to various charitable organizations, working with homeless, orphaned and abused children, and the disabled.

Last year, Weiss was recognized for his humanitarian works with the Andrew Heiskell Community Service Award.

Survived by his wife, Lee, and three sons.

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