Ronald Squier Humiston

Ronald S. Humiston

Ronald Squier Humiston of Chesterfield, born March 6, 1944, died July 31, 2016.

Mr. Humiston was a public relations practitioner in St. Louis for over 35 years.  He had been first vice president of corporate communications with Wetterau Incorporated and had also served in corporate public relations with Anheuser-Busch Companies, Pet Incorporated and Western Electric (later Lucent Technologies).

Most recently, he was director of editorial and public relations services for Falk Harrison Creative.  In that capacity, he wrote annual reports to shareholders for local companies including Argosy Gaming, Commerce Bancshares, Energizer Holdings, Engineered Support Systems, Isle of Capri Casinos, Ralcorp and many others, as well as nationally known corporations such as AMC Entertainment, Applebee’s International, Brown-Forman, Sprint and TV Guide.

Mr. Humiston was a past president of the St. Louis chapters of both the Public Relations Society of America and the International Association of Business Communicators.  He was also a long-time member and past chairman of the Parkway School District Public Relations Council of Washington University and the Marketing and Communications Committee of the United Way of Greater St. Louis.

As a communications officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, he served in the Republic of Vietnam in 1968 and 1969, and received the Navy Commendation Medal with “V” among other military citations.

Mr. Humiston earned a bachelor of journalism degree and a master of arts degree in journalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where he was elected to membership in Kappa Tau Alpha, the national honorary journalism fraternity.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn K. Humiston; a son, Daniel Humiston of O’Fallon, Missouri; a daughter, Sara (Matt) Osman of Overland Park, Kansas; grandsons, Hunter and Jaden; granddaughter, Addison; and sisters, Carol (Jerry) Connors of Texas and Judy Chitty of California. 

Graveside service Thursday, August 4, 10:00 am at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery (Beth Shalom), 650 White Road, Chesterfield.  Memorial contributions preferred to American Kidney Fund, Wounded Warrior Project or St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra.  Please visit for more information.