CHICAGO (CBS) — Business executive, model, and prominent publicist Dori Wilson has died.

For decades, Wilson was a trailblazing African-American woman representing a host of companies, including Carson Pirie Scott, Marshall Field’s, and the Chicago Public Schools.

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She also served on the boards of The Harris Theater, the Chicago Urban League, and Brookfield Zoo.

In a statement, Dori Wilson Public Relations said:

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“Dori Wilson was an authentic trailblazer, pioneer and entrepreneur. Dori’s public relations firm was widely respected nationwide and served a broad cross section of iconic businesses and community minded organizations. She raised the bar among those serving public good. As a business owner, she brought boundless energy, wicked humor, friendship and a deep knowledge of her craft as exemplified by her many awards and recognitions. She was a vocal advocate of Chicago. Our City has lost a real legend and civic champion.”

Dori Wilson was 77.

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