Thomas Deegan

Former VP of corporate communications for Walt Disney Company

Thomas J. Deegan, former V.P. of corporate communications for the Walt Disney Company died March 13 in Glendale, Calif., following a lengthy illness. He was 75.

A native of Boston and an Army veteran, Deegan graduated from Temple University. He began his career as editor of a group of weekly newspapers in New Jersey, before holding a series of public relations management positions with several companies, including RCA, IBM and Disney. As manager of public information for IBM, he developed the name IBM System/360 for a line of computers in the 1960s. From the early 1970s until joining Disney, Deegan was chairman of Performance Communications, an international corporate communications agency that he co-founded and later sold.

From 1986 until his retirement as a Disney V.P. in 1999, Deegan served as corporate spokesperson on numerous matters and wrote speeches for senior executives.

He is survived by his wife Carol, five daughters and a son.

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