Mary Lou Wilkinson, 80, of Philadelphia, a public affairs official who served the City of Philadelphia under six mayors, died Sunday, Feb. 9, of a stroke at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse.
Ms. Wilkinson's tenure with the city began in 1967 under Mayor James H.J. Tate and ended in 2003 under Mayor John F. Street.
A tall, striking redhead who loved to wear bright colors, Ms. Wilkinson started her career with the city on Valentine's Day.
She was responsible for managing public relations efforts for large, citywide special events and programs, and for attracting a local, national, and international audience.
She wrote speeches, mayoral proclamations, and news releases, consistently approaching the research, and writing with diligence and pride.