Olga Haley, whose battle with cancer elicited support from public relations professionals through Portland in recent weeks, passed away Monday at the age of 69.
Haley had entered hospice care last month after fighting triple-negative breast cancer for the past four years. As word of her plight spread, PR types from throughout the city expressed appreciation for Haley’s skills.
“There is such sadness resonating across our PRSA chapter tonight,” said Barbara Kerr, president of Portland’s Public Relations Society of America chapter. “She was not only a superb professional; she was a truly lovely person. The loss runs deep.”
Haley also had many fans among journalists for whom she provided frank and insightful information, often on a moment’s notice.
Haley spent her career with such firms as Gerber and Leopold Ketel before forming Power Public Relations.
A memorial will take place April 4 at Mountain Park Church, 40 S.W. McNary Parkway, in Lake Oswego. The memorial begins at 2 p.m. A reception will follow.