It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of long-time PRSA member Markham
Howe, APR. Howe died on June 6, 2022, following a brief illness.
“Markham was a leader among our state’s public relations professionals and a valued member of
Arkansas PRSA,” said Arkansas PRSA President Heather Haywood, APR. “He was a generous
mentor advising students in best practices of public relations. His influence was generational as
many of his students became his professional colleagues. He was also a trusted counsel to many
of his public relations colleagues throughout his career,” said Haywood.
Howe was an active member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and a member
of the Arkansas Chapter since 1977. In 1984, he earned the accreditation in public relations
(APR). Twice, Howe served on the Arkansas PRSA Board of Directors as membership chair and
professional development chair. Throughout his career, Howe earned 20 Prism awards from
PRSA-Arkansas Chapter. In 2008, Howe was awarded the Crystal Award for his significant
contribution to the field of public relations over the course of his career.
Howe was a mentor to many public relations students and colleagues. He served as a guest
lecturer and professional advisor to the Arkansas State University Chapter of the Public
Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). Howe often said it was a privilege to work with
the students at Arkansas State University and help to mold them into future professionals. He
volunteered as a study session leader for Arkansas PRSA’s APR program and served as a mentor
to APR candidates. He had volunteered to lead a study session for APR candidates this fall.
“Markham has left a wonderful legacy and we will greatly miss him,” said Haywood.
For more information on Howe’s legacy, his obituary is available here.