Allan H. Kalmus

Veteran public relations consultant Allan H. Kalmus died March 12 of cardio-respiratory arrest. He was 79.

A New York native, Kalmus received his M.A. from the Columbia U. School of Journalism in 1940.

During World War II, he served as a public information officer with the War Production Board and the Office of War Information in Washington, D.C.

Kalmus became a publicist for NBC in 1946, where he helped launch the TV careers of such performers as Bob Hope, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Dinah Shore and Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis.

In 1952, he was named bureau manager of Lever Bros. Co. in New York. He left in 1954 to open his own public relations firm.

Kalmus’ list of clients included such stars as Hope, as well as the President’s Club of the Democratic National Committee during the presidencies of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ellin Silberstein; a daughter; a son; and 11 grandchildren.

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