SAN FRANCISCO—Claire Harrison, a prominent San Francisco public relations executive, has died from cancer at the age of 77.
As president of CHA/Claire Harrison Associates, Harrison provided public relations and advertising support to clients in real estate, entertainment, hospitality, food and professional services. Clients included Walt Disney/Touchstone Pictures, The Gap, Paramount Pictures, KQED, Drexel Heritage Home Furnishings, Liquor Barn, Logo Paris Fashion Eyewear, Ramada Inns, Schlage Lock Company, San Francisco State University, the City of Emeryville, and more.
Early in her career, Harrison helped promote and gain national recognition for movies including Five Easy Pieces, Last Picture Show and Easy Rider for Columbia Pictures; Grease, Saturday Night Fever, Heaven Can Wait and King Kong for Paramount Pictures; and Scenes from a Marriage, Pumping Iron and Seven Beauties for various independent producers.
She also represented prominent real estate developers, architects, general contractors and commercial real estate brokerages.
According to retired Judge Quentin Kopp, “She was uncommonly bright and embodied the highest qualities of assertive and progressive feminist thinking of the day while always congenial and charismatic in her delivery. She was influential and persuasive because it was obvious that what she had to say was smart, intuitive and insightful.”
Harrison was born in Manhattan and was a graduate of Connecticut College before moving to San Francisco. She leaves her husband Erik Ambjor, two children and three grandchildren.