- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 5, 2006

Joan Marziotti Worden, a public-relations executive, died Oct. 30 of pneumonia at Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue, an assisted-living facility in the District. She was 77.

Mrs. Worden and her husband, the late George M. Worden, opened a public-relations firm in Washington in 1958 that later merged with another agency to create Palmer, Wilson and Worden.

In 1970, she formed Worden & Co., a public-relations firm specializing in international trade and energy issues. Hers was among the few women-owned PR firms in Washington at the time.

Mrs. Worden closed her firm in 1988 and joined Hill and Knowlton, where she was a vice president until 1991. Later, she worked with the PR firms Capitoline International and Edelman, and she continued to represent clients until 2003.

In the mid-1990s, she represented Parents for Safer Airbags, a child-advocacy group whose work helped toughen airbag-safety regulations.

Mrs. Worden was born in the Bronx in New York and received a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University. She also did graduate work in English literature at Georgetown University.

During her nearly 50-year career she provided pro bono PR advice to many charities and nonprofit groups, including the Aplastic Anemia Foundation and the Georgetown Children’s House, which helps disadvantaged children.

Mrs. Worden was a longtime member of the National Press Club and was active in Democratic politics at the local and national levels. She lived in Georgetown for 47 years before moving to the assisted-living facility in 2005. During her time in Georgetown, she helped publicize new neighborhood businesses and organized the restoration of Book Hill Park at the Georgetown Public Library. She was a world traveler who enjoyed Italian opera, Irish poetry, walking and biking.

She is survived by two daughters, Amy Worden of York Springs, Pa., and Andrea Worden of Poolesville.

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