A true pioneer of public relations, Jay Rockey’s game changing campaign for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair drew international attention–forever putting Seattle and the Space Needle on the map. But Jay’s career was just getting started. Jay and his wife Retha founded the Rockey Company, with offices in the Northwest, New York and Washington, DC, and later acquired by Hill & Knowlton. He influenced countless careers with his quiet but steady brand of honesty, ethics and integrity and had an undeniable impact on the profession.
We lost Jay recently, but colleagues across the west will honor his impact on the profession in a special tribute Monday, April 23 at the 2018 PRSA North Pacific District Conference. A past president of PRSA National and the local chapter, Jay and Retha established the Jay & Retha Inghram Rockey Scholarship Endowment in Communications at Washington State University to recruit and recognize communications and public relations students.