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.