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R. Payton Ewing Biography

R. Payton Ewing Biography

R. Payton Ewing has dedicated the last two decades to becoming an accomplished sculptor. Prior to becoming a professional artist, Mr. Ewing worked in academia and the corporate world as a public relations professional. Mr. Ewing is also a published author and journalist.

Mr. Ewing was born in Hannibal, Missouri—Mark Twain's birthplace—in July, 1925. He served in World War II in Europe, attaining the rank of Technical Sergeant. He returned to Hannibal after the war, earning an AA from Hannibal La-Grange College in 1948.

Mr. Ewing completed his undergradate studies, receiving a BA a year later from William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., and then graduate work, receiving an MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago in 1950.

With his formal education complete, Mr. Ewing became the senior editor of the Commerce Clearing House, a position he held until 1960. Mr. Ewing became Allstate Insurance’s Director of Corporate Communications. He became an advisor to Allstate’s senior management, and left the company in 1985 as Director of Issues Management.

Using his extensive experience to teach graduate students at the Medill School of Journalism, in 1989, Mr. Ewing became a professor of public relations at Northwestern University. He also became the president of Issues Management Consultant Group, consulting with corporations.

Mr. Ewing’s career as a writer included book reviews and interviews for the Chicago Daily News and books, including Mark Twain’s Steamboat Year (1981), Managing the New Bottom Line (1987), and Handbook of Communications in Corporate Restructuring and Takeovers (1992).

Mark Twain Steamboat Years

Career Highlights and Affiliations

  • Member, the National Sculpture Society
  • Public relations director for Chicago Magazine
  • Staff member and book news commentator for the radio station WRSV in Skokie, Ill.
  • Former member of the Winnetka Library Board
  • Former board president of Skokie Valley United Crusade
  • Recipient of an Honorable Order Hannibal Award
  • Member, Public Relations Society of America
  • Member, Publicity Club of Chicago
  • Member, the Insurers Public Relations Council
  • Member, the Issues Management Association
  • Member, the Chicago Poets and Writers Foundation