WASHINGTON, D.C.—Jeffrey Sandman, founder and chief executive of Hyde Park Communications and a veteran of the Washington, D.C., public affairs business, died on June 22. Sandman had been involved in a bicycle accident last fall, and remained unconscious until his death. He is survived by his wife and two sons.
Before founding Hyde Park, Sandman was managing partner of Nelson Public Relations, one of the leading healthcare public relations firms in the country, where he worked with clients such as Pfizer, Bristol Myers Squibb, and Hoffman LaRoche. He also developed and implemented branding and positioning programs for Community Health Charities, the largest health federation in the country, the International Bottled Water Association, the Pfizer Foundation and the Soros Foundation.
Earlier, Sandman was executive vice president and general counsel of The Kamber Group, then one of the largest independent public relations firms in the U.S., where clients included American Home Products, Bristol Myers Squibb, Drexel Burnham Lambert, Linpac Plastics, Huntsman Chemicals, the Polystyrene Packaging Counsel, and the United Food and Commercial Workers.
Sandman, an attorney, also practiced intellectual property law and litigation at the Los Angeles firm of Loeb &Loeb and at Baker & Hostetler in Washington, D.C. Earlier in his career he was on the issues staff of Senator Edward Kennedy’s presidential campaign.
Shanna Duncan and Michael Waxman, senior vice presidents at Hyde Park, said in an e-mail: “Jeff was an exceptional leader, business colleague and friend. He leaves a legacy of excellence and accomplishment as a business and community leader. The Hyde Park family will miss him tremendously. He will always be remembered for his passion and commitment to his work and his family. As a role model and mentor, he inspired all of us to be our best.”