|Counselor to the President|
August 11, 1916|
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
|Died||February 17, 1987(aged 70)|
|Alma mater||University of Oklahoma|
He was born in 1916 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Harlow graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1938. Harlow then went to Washington, D.C., where he served on Capitol Hill as assistant librarian of the U.S. House of Representatives and as a congressional staff member. Harlow then served in World War II from 1941-1946 as an Army officer on the staff of General George C. Marshall. After the war, Harlow returned to Capitol Hill and was a member of the professional staff of the House Committee on Armed Services from 1947-1951. In 1952, he went back to Oklahoma and became the vice president of the Harlow Publishing Company. Harlow returned to Washington D.C. the following year, where he served under President Dwight D. Eisenhower in a variety of positions, including administrative assistant to the president, special assistant to the president, and deputy assistant to the president for congressional affairs.
In 1961, Harlow established Procter & Gamble's first office in Washington, D.C. Harlow became the company's main presence in DC until his retirement in 1978. At the time of his retirement, Harlow was called the "unofficial dean of Washington corporate representatives." During his time in DC, he also took leaves of absence to work with President Richard M. Nixon from 1968–1971 and again from 1973-1974. A senior advisor to Nixon, Harlow ultimately had the title of counselor to the president with cabinet rank.
Bryce Harlow Foundation
In 1982, the Bryce Harlow Foundation was established. The Foundation has awarded the prestigious Bryce Harlow Award to an individual who has worked to advance business-government relations and whose integrity, dedication and professionalism echo the work and life of the late Bryce Harlow. Recipients of the award have included Vice President Dick Cheney, former Senate Majority Leaders Robert Dole, Howard Baker, and Trent Lott, and Senators Richard Lugar and Daniel Inouye. The award is presented each spring at the Bryce Harlow Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C.. At the dinner, the Foundation also honors an individual with the Business-Government Relations Award. The 2012 recipients of the Bryce Harlow Award and the Business-Government Relations Award are United States Senator Joe Lieberman and Ms. Josephine Cooper, respectively.
Additionally, the Foundation selects approximately twenty part-time Washington, D.C. area graduate students each year to receive the prestigious Bryce Harlow Fellowship. The Fellowship includes a $6,000 award for tuition assistance, mentoring from the Foundation's Board of Governors, and educational programs through the Fellowship's alumni association. Past fellows have worked at trade associations, lobbying firms, consulting firms, United States Senate offices, U.S. House of Representatives offices, and the White House. The Foundation entertains applications for the Bryce Harlow Fellowship program every spring.
The Bryce Harlow Foundation also promotes integrity in professional advocacy through workshops and advocacy forums at educational institutions in Washington, D.C. The current president of the Bryce Harlow Foundation is Linda Dooley, wife of former Congressman Cal Dooley.