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John Russell Gnau

John Russell Gnau, American public relations executive.


  • Gnau, John Russell was born on March 3, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Son of John Russell and Constance L. Gnau.

  • Education

    • Student journalism, University Detroit, 1948-1951.


    • Manager sales and promotion department Station WWJ-television, Detroit, 1951-1954. General agent Ohio State Life, 1954-1968. Vice president marketing Alexander/Hamilton Life Insurance Company, Farmington, Michigan, 1968-1971.

      Chairman board Gnau, Carter, Jacobsen, Washington and Detroit, 1984. Now chairman board Gnau & Associates, Inc. State chairman for Michigan, President Reagan campaign, 1976, 80, 84.

      Chairman Oakland County (Michigan) Road Commission, since 1972. Trustee Bloomfield Township, 1962-1971. Named Man of Year, Ohio State Life Insurance Company, 1967.


    Clubs: Oakland Hills Country.


    • Married Margaret Maher, July 25, 1952. Children– Kathleen, Russell III, Michael, Margaret, Julie.
    • father: John Russell
    • mother: Constance L. Gnau
    • spouse: Margaret Maher
    • children: Kathleen Gnau
    • Russell III Gnau
    • Michael Gnau
    • Margaret Gnau
    • Julie Gnau
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