Former Kennecott spokesman Robert F. Alkire died of heart failure Dec. 25, 1988, in his Salt Lake home. He was 59.

In 1956, Alkire as a Salt Lake Tribune newsman helped earn the Tribune a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the crash of two commercial airliners over the Grand Canyon. He also worked for the Associated Press in Salt Lake City and Boston.In 1962, Alkire joined the Utah Copper Division of Kennecott as a public relations representative, and subsequently became director of public relations for Kennecott's Nevada Mines Division and the Utah Copper Division until his retirement in 1984.

At the time of his death he was executive vice president of W.S. Adamson and Associates, a Salt Lake public relations and advertising firm.

He graduated from the University of Montana School of Journalism, later working for various Montana newspapers before moving to Salt Lake City.

He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force in Korea from 1953 to 1955. He was a member and former president of the Intermountain Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, a member and former director of the Utah Advertising Federation and a former director of the Utah Mining Association.