From Katie Paine’s Facebook Page on June 2, 2015:
“The measurement world lost one of its pillars today. Don Bartholomew was an amazing man, and I am very grateful that I was privileged to work with him. His legacy is a PR industry that is infinitely better, more accountable, and more professional because of his contributions.
“His efforts on behalf of the IPR Measurement Commission, the The Conclave on Social Media Measurement Standards, and countless other volunteer efforts that were helped by his brains and energy have changed the Public Relations field forever. Most importantly, he was able to make change and get support for his ideas with an unending supply of grace, humor, wit and kindness. I’m grateful to have worked with him and been inspired by him.
“He will be forever missed but never forgotten.”
So wrote Katie Paine on her Facebook Page earlier this week, when Don Bartholomew passed away. Katie captured what many of us who work in the PR field, and who have a passion for metrics, are feeling. Incredible sadness at the loss of a remarkable and tireless proponent for excellence in our field but, more importantly, a remarkably kind and good person.
I got to know Don a few years ago, after I’d become a “social media” person. His blog, MetricsMan, was a must-read for anyone trying to understand and implement best practices in PR measurement – not just because of how articulate and gifted a writer Don was, but because of how hard it made you think. He didn’t hold back, either. And the harder he made you think, the more it inspired you to do good work, and be at least half as smart as him.