Obituary of William P. Ehling
William P. Ehling, a Syracuse University alumnus and professor emeritus of the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, whose contributions influenced a generation of public relations researchers and practitioners, died on February 7. He was 93.
Born in Bectelsville, Penn., he was a resident of Syracuse, N.Y. since 1939.
Ehling earned his A.B. and M.A. from Syracuse University, and a Ph.D. in 1954. He taught at Syracuse from 1954 until his retirement on 1991. During his tenure he served as the Director of Graduate Studies at the Newhouse School and was the university’s Director of Public Relations and the Office of Information Services from 1954–1963.
He was a member of the Public Relations Society of America, which awarded him the Silver Anvil for Outstanding Educator of the Year in 1988, the International Communications Association, the International Association of Business Communicators, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, and the American Sociological Association. Ehling was a consultant on research methodology, communication theory, management strategies, conflict resolution, and environmental issues.
Professor Ehling was an avid and accomplished outdoorsman. He was active in many New York State environmental and conservation organizations. He served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Adirondack Mountain Club. He is the author of numerous guide books on hiking, cross-country skiing, and canoeing in Central New York.
He is survived by his long-time companion, Olga Stirpe; his daughters, Teresa Ehling and Clare Letourneau; his son, James Ehling; and a granddaughter, Mary Elizabeth. His wife, the former Lucille Letourneau, died in 1975. Burial will be private. A memorial service is planned for the spring. Share condolences at www.fairchildmeech.com