Harold Burson Honors and Awards

Public Relations


  • University of Missouri, School of Journalism, Distinguished Service Award in Public Relations (1975)
  • Public Relations News, Public Relations Professional of the Year (only person named twice) (1977/1989)
  • Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Presidential Citation (1978)
  • Ohio University, Honor Award for Distinguished Service in Communications (1979)
  • Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Gold Anvil Award (1980)
  • Gallagher Report, Outstanding Public Relations Executive Award (1982/1985)
  • Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Gold Key Certification for Outstanding Service to Public Relations and the Society (1983)
  • Raymond Simon Institute for Public Relations, Utica College (Syracuse University), Harold Burson Distinguished Lecture Series Initiated (1986)
  • PR WEEK, World Award for Best Global Communications (1988)
  • Ball State University, National Public Relations Achievement Award (1988)
  • University of Maryland, College of Journalism, Honorary Alumnus (1988)
  • PRSA, President's Citation for Meritorious Service (1989)
  • Arthur W. Page Society, Hall of Fame Award for Lifetime Contributions to the Profession (1991)
  • U. S. Information Agency, Certificate of Appreciation (1992)
  • Inside PR, All-Star, Lifetime Achievement (1992)
  • PRSA New York Chapter, John W. Hill Award for Leadership (1993)
  • St. Bonaventure University, Thomas Mosser Award, First Recipient (1996)
  • PRSA International Section, Atlas Award for Lifetime Achievement in International Public Relations (1997)
  • Institute of Public Relations (U.S.), Alexander Hamilton Medal (1999)
  • Fudan University, School of Journalism, Shanghai, Honorary Professorship (1999)
  • PR WEEK, Most Influential Public Relations Person of 20th Century (1999)
  • University of Florida, College of Journalism, Millennium Award (2000)
  • University of Kentucky, College of Communications, First Executive-in-Residence (honoring former colleague James C. Bowling) 2000
  • Leeds (England) Metropolitan University, Communications School, Visiting Professor (2001)
  • University of Texas, College of Communication, Lifetime Achievement in Public Relations (2002)
  • International Communications Consultancy Organization (ICCO) Hall of Fame (2003)
  • Remnin University, Beijing, Visiting Professor (2003)
  • Boston University, College of Communication, Harold Burson Chair in Public Relations (established by clients and fellow employees) 2003
  • WPP (Burson-Marsteller parent company) Atticus Award for Speech on Public Relations (2005)
  • Public Relations Society of Japan, Lifetime Achievement Award (2005)
  • Institute of Public Relations (London) Alan Campbell-Johnson Award for International Achievement in Public Relations (2006)
  • Instituto Universitario Lingue Moderne, Milan, Italy, Lifetime Career Award (2006)
  • PRSA Educators Academy, David Ferguson Award (2007)
  • James Madison University, Virginia, Outstanding Leadership and Professionalism (2008)
  • Publicity Club of Chicago, Lifetime Achievement Award (2008)
  • Lagrant Foundation, Lifetime Achievement Award (2011)

Non Public Relations


  • Committee of the Fine Arts (Presidential Appointment) (1980-85) (Participated in Vietnam War Memorial and Pennsylvania Avenue Redevelopment)
  • University of Mississippi, Alumni Hall of Fame (1980)
  • Young Astronaut Council (Presidential Appointee), Executive Committee (1984-88)
  • Seoul Olympic Organizing Committee, Plaque of Appreciation for Contributions to 1988 Summer Olympic Games
  • Boston University, Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters (1988)
  • Partnership for Women's Health at Columbia University, Athena Award (2000)
  • City of Memphis Public Schools, Alumni Hall of Fame (2002)
  • Boston University, Harold Burson Chair in Public Relations (2003)
  • Olympic Shield, Awarded for Unique Contributions to U.S. Olympic Committee (2005)
  • U.S. Postal Service, Wise Man Award, for Consulting Services to Postmaster General John E. Potter (2010)
  • Council for Economic Education, Visionary Award Honoring Champions of Economic Empowerment (2011)

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