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We started this page back in 2002 and you'll see the alumni below who responded in the early years of this website. Unfortunately, some of this info is now out of date, and we have decided, after our 2017 reunion and the reality of our very limited budget, to urge everyone who wants to share something now, to post it either on our LinkedIn or Facebook pages. We won't take the old news down, but for anything new, please go to:

Facebook: Benton & Bowles Alumni
LinkedIn: DMB& Alumni

We will, however, keep the IN MEMORIAM section current, so scroll down if you want to see the latest tributes to dear departed friends. For anyone who has someone to add to this section, please contact Vicky Amon at vickyma9@aol.com .
Dale Puckett, who served Benton & Bowles even after they stopped paying him, has retired to Saint Petersburg, Florida. Puckett, an award-winning art director/creative director from 1956 to 1990, continued to do yeoman service for the agency by doing the initial design for our B&B website: the hours were many, the help scant and the pay zero, but Dale labored on and kept us running for our first three years. He is now designing his own website/blog “by seniors for seniors” at http://www.greatsenioropportunities.com. We thank you Dale. Your skills, patience and spirit are the very reasons B&B Alumni has moved so far, so fast.

Arthur, aka Bugs, Baer At B&B from 1958 to 1965 - AE on P&G, GF, Shulton, ASR.  Loved it.

Followed Mike Blumenfeld and Doug Dickson; left B&B for Colgate-Palmolive for five years as a Sr. Product Manager, then left the industry completely. Became a Wall Street financial analyst, then an independent investment manager. Paid better than advertising!  Avocation is racing sailboats across large oceans. Still doing it at 80, but at some point the spring winds down. Hello to all.

Dick Anderson's daughter Lisa has written a book about her dad — check it out!

THE LOST CHAPTERSThe discovery of an unfinished novel that survived a house fire compels the author Lisa Anderson to look into the past to find out why her father, Dick Anderson, a New York ad man, would self-destruct at the height of his career.  What insights could she find in his writing?  This provocative memoir invites others seeking the truth about a loss to go the distance.  The Lost Chapters explores class, love, and the legacy of addiction, and delivers a hopeful rendering of a difficult journey.   Learn more at http://www.lostchaptersmemoir.com/


Peter Nord has a new book out and available on Amazon!! PINCHIK And Other Kvetchers Plus The Official Tennis and Potchky Manuals is a collection of kvetches from a man who barely coped with the 20th Century and really has trouble with the 21st. His rages are against, among other things, tweeters, double zippers, children’s birthday parties and the absence of bagels with heft for the last 50 years.

The tennis and other racket stories prove scientifically that normal human beings cannot play tennis, describe vividly how to cheat when it counts, why the topspin lob is unconstitutional and suggests a game that a six year old can play which closely resembles the way ordinary human beings play.

Random stories reveal shocking facts including what the Duke of Windsor did with his hands in crowded New York elevators, why God abhors umbrellas and how Michelangelo cheated the Vatican out of significant sums of money without ever doing a second coat.

George Walther – B&B LA from 1975-1980. Continental Airlines, McCulloch Chain Saws. Account Executive. Now: www.GeorgeWalther.com, Professional Speakers Hall of Fame, author of multiple international books. Move to a new country every year. (Relocated to Barcelona on July 2, 2012)

Esther Lee –B&B to JWY to Deutsch to DiNotoLee to Coca Cola to Euro RSCG to AT&T – Now that’s a huge resume, don’t you think?

Mal Karlin - B&B was my first job in advertising. In April 1968 I started in Print Production with Jim Tigue as my boss. I wanted only to be an art director and my mentors were Phil Snyder, Herm Siegal, Joe Toto, Bob Neidhart, Jerry Weinstein & Charlie Kornberger. Six months later I was promoted by Jerry Weinstein (art supervisor) to be Bob’s asst. working on VICKS Nyquil and Formula 44 cough mixture. I have since worked at many major ad agencies as the Senior Creative Director and Executive Creative Director. The last 17 years I've been a partner at a boutique creative agency, Karlin+PImsler, specializing in direct response TV commercials.

Peggy Allen Hayes – Currently an Ambassador to Queensland Symphony Orchestra, V.P. of the RSPCA Gold Coast & Hinterland Branch, and Board Secretary for Animal Endeavours Australia.

Ian Ferguson-Brown
Joined Masius in London in 1981 then moved across to the newly merged DMB&B in New York in 1985 working in account management as SVP on Procter and Mars until 1990.  Moved back to Europe and became GM of Y&R before being lured onto the client side with airlines and food companies.  These days I'm back living in the US building a branding company in DC but also, for sanity, developing a series of rock and roll visitor attractions throughout Europe. Hair now appropriately longer.

Regards to all,
Ian Ferguson-Brown

Art Shulman
Formerly the head of Market Research at the B&B office in California when it first opened, and who worked in the New York office for three years, lives in Lake Balboa, CA (part of Los Angeles).  He now writes plays, and has been called “The Neil Simon of the San Fernando Valley” (also part of Los Angeles).  He also teaches at California State University, Northridge, and has a market research consulting business.  He still plays full-court basketball.

Update on Bern Canner from his nephew Bob To the Alumni,
I cannot claim past employment to B&B but my connection is pretty solid. My Uncle, Bern Kanner, was a Vice-President and at one time, head of B&B International as I recall.

He started in the mail room I believe in the late 50's or so, and climbed the corporate ladder. When I was 16, I drove up from Maryland to New York and he gave me a wonderful tour of B&B and then I was given VIP treatment on the set of As The World Turns. This was 1971, and the show was being done live. Freddie Bartholomew was the B&B liaison who accompanied me. I sat with the lighting director during the broadcast. It solidified my interest in getting into TV and 5 years later, during college, I landed a job at WTTG-CH 5 (MetroMedia) here in DC and this year celebrate 36 years in the industry as an editor.

In a family, I believe there usually is one person, besides your parents, who you admire and look up to; my Uncle Bern was that person. His drive and ambition, work ethic and in the eyes of a 16 year old, glamorous career, was a great influence on me, and it paid off.

I hope this brought back memories of a man who helped shape B&B in its middle years. Bern Kanner is happy and healthy with his wife Alice and lives in Cape Cod and in Florida.

—Bob Kanner


Michael Blumenfeld (1960-67, Account Services) I started as a management trainee; then assistant a/e on Zest; then a/e on Benson & Hedges; then on General Foods (Birdseye Division's Toast'em Pop-Ups and a test-market product called Sodaburst); then VP and a/s on Zest, then on Gaines dog food and on pro-bono work for US Committee for UNICEF.

Left B&B in 1967 for Washington in the Johnson Administration.


Tony Doyle (1967-1972) Talk about a long time ago...started in '67 fired in '72 after I made an associate creative director look bad after a shoot in California with the King Family (Bonus detergent -P&G). Started out as Assistant Account Executive on Charmin (please don't squeeze, etc.) In on the introduction of Crest. Switched to the production side in about '69 as assistant producer, then to Producer about a year later. Did commercials for Texaco, Charmin, Dana Perfumes, NP-27 (athlete foot spray - Yogi Berra), Hasbro Toys, etc. Worked with Hal Holbrook, Dick Wilson (Mr. Whipple), Allen Ludden who was Betty White's husband.

After firing, wrote two screenplays (went nowhere), left New York went to back to Oklahoma, asked to return for producer job with Wells Rich & Green, declined over salary negotiations. I was probably the first guy at B&B to wear cowboy boots, ride horses at a Vanguish commercial, be invited to a FBI party, become a super at a 5 story walkup on 83rd Street. Enjoyed most of it. Would be interested in contact with anyone who was there at the time.

Beth Mart was part of a show for new artists working in mixed medium collage at the Xanda McCagg Studio, 526 West 26th Street, Studio 509, NY 10001

Jean DeLong Custer I worked in media in the 1980’s with Irwin Gotlieb and Rino Scanzoni and for Phil Guarascio and Rich Hamilton. Went over to the client side some years ago and am now Co-op Advertising Manager at Case New Holland in New Holland, PA. Am glad to find all of them listed on this website.

Wilma Hits B&B Alumni All B&Bers send their best to Irv Osowsky and his family. Hurricane Wilma tore through his new retirement home, and his community. Anyone wishing to contact Irv can reach him at: irvo@bellsouth.net • 8628 Windy Circle, Boynton Beach FL 33437

Marty Klar (Copywriter, 1979-1981)
Worked with Tony Antonios and Guy Migliaccio.  Was in Greg Weinshanker's group, and then Charlie Jackson's.  Left with Guy to go work with Don Resnick (former B&B'er) at Grey.  That lasted one year.  Moved to LA in '82 to work on 3M package goods biz at DFS.  That quickly turned into a gig on Toyota regional retail, which evolved into a CD spot on Toyota national, and of course DFS became Saatchi.  Moved to Grand Rapids, MI in '96 for some regional Chevy business AND A MUCH BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE.  Went freelance in'99.  Now on staff for TCAA (New England Toyota Dealer biz) in Dedham, MA, but I work from my home in Grand Rapids.  Great memories from my short stay at B&B.  Candy Greathouse, Greg, Tony, where are you?  Still in touch with Vicky Amon and through her Guy Migliaccio and I have reconnected.  Married to an art director I met in NY at McCaffrey & McCall.  We have one very artistic daughter, and thank goodness because as we all know, everyone can write!

Dick Anderson’s daughter
Dick Anderson ’s (1952-1969) daughter, Lise, has written a memoir of her father’s time in the ad biz, and has been hunting for an agent and/or publisher. Dick was Co-Creative Director with Mitch Epstein in 1968-1969. He died in 1974. Lise gets our Reunion announcements from Sid Lerner, and hopes to attend one of these days. Meanwhile, she works on a Pregnancy Research project for the NIH at Womens Hospital at the Univ. of Michigan.



Meredith Stern (Storyboard Girl, Assistant Art Director, Art Director 1969-1978)
B&B was my first job out of college and boy was I dazzled! I stayed on the agency side of the biz as Art Director/ Creative Director at two different agencies until 1985.

Then I started my own Com9 lots of  fun drawing Comps, Storyboards and Animatic Art for many agencies in NYC.

In 1997 I had a career opportunity in Los Angeles.
I’m selling, designing and manufacturing promotional products and fashion accessories for give-a-way and resale for a firm in Santa Monica and I’ve never looked back.

Nothing like going to work with the top down, in
flip-flops and sunglasses every day!


Tom Carey
(Last position: Managing Director, 1967-1990)
I have retired from Omnicom, as of December 23 and am looking forward to the next chapter in our lives with our children and grandchildren.

Jim Phox
When Jim attended the Reunion in 2004, he brought along this photo from 1976, thinking folks might not recognize him. Back then he had lots of hair, which is not the case now. He is currently a SVP/ Senior Producer in San Francisco @ FCB.

Milt Lowe (Copywriter 1974-1981)
I recently got married to a wonderful woman I met years ago in a psychology course at The New School.  I've also written and published a book about an earthy cavewoman who keeps a diary of all the Neanderthals she dates.  The premise:  men are still making the same mistakes with women they made a million years ago. The title:  Men Still Think With Their Clubs. You can check it out on Amazon.com. Looking foreward to the B&B Bash.

Hal Goodtree  (Producer, 1981-1994)
I moved to North Carolina almost 6 years ago and have two daughters, ages 10 (Jill) and 5 (Emma). Although I still do the occasional agency gig, I crossed over to the production side about two years ago. I'm currently the Executive Producer at This Is TV in New York. My partner is B&B alumnus Conrad Fink (now a director). If recently got my DGA card as a 1st AD. I joined B&B in 1981 as a receptionist and moved into the TV Production Department in 1982. I left the agency in 1994 as a producer. >From '94-2002 I freelanced at Saatchi, Bozell, JWT, Martin and the NFL, among others.  I won an Emmy in 1996 and a Cannes Lion in 2002.

Michele Gilbert-Rotman
(Media, 1980-1986)
Now Managing Director at Leo Burnett, Paris.

Joan Uttal Anderson
I left Benton & Bowles in 1978 to start my own
business teaching television and radio performers
on/camera and voice/over technique.

In addition to teaching, I also supervise production
of weekly Jazz concerts at Saint Peter's Church,
created 22 years ago by my late husband, Edmund
Anderson. I also promote performances of Edmund's songs (Flamingo - Is it Raining In New York? - ThankYou For Everything - The Olive Tree, etc.). I commute between my Manhattan apartment and my house in the Hamptons.

Joe Martino
Hired by Phil Guarascio and spent 3 years at B&B media (1975-78). After a stop at NW Ayer, spent much of the next 25 years at Grey/MediaCom (Group Media Director), excepting a temporary detour to Hill, Holiday for a few years. Working as independent consultant since 2005, mostly for a mobile start-up company called Zoove, based in Montain View, California

Jay Fraser
B&B Account Supervisor, January 1976 to January 1980 I “left” B&B in 1980 and then went to Scali, McCabe Sloves. I “left” Scali in 1984, and began consulting with high-tech companies on Long Island. My company, Tracer Detection Technology evolved from a Department of Energy technology transfer grant with SUNY. We now develop products for homeland and national security in the anti-counterfeiting and covert surveillance sectors. We have just signed a 2-yr extension with the DoD for our covert surveillance solution with new challenges. I also write articles for a counterterrorism website (www.threatswatch.org). I now realize how much I learned at B&B, and how it has stayed with me. Yes, I moved to San Antonio Texas, but want to stay in touch with some of my “newly found” old friends.

Allison Seifer Poole allico23@yahoo.com
I worked at B&B as an ass't /Junior AD for Bob Neidhart & Milt Lowe from 1978 to 1980 leaving for D'Arcy MacManus & Masius, then NW Ayer. I'm married 25 yrs. to a professional athlete. We lost our home and all we own in 2004 when Hurricanes Frances & Jeanne made landfall in our Florida town. A total loss, our home was bulldozed and rebuilt. Of course, I Art Directed the heck out of it.

B&B’s Roy Eaton Joins the Advertising Hall of Fame

Roy Eaton, Music Director for Benton & Bowles from 1959-1980, was inducted this year into the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Fame.

Born in Harlem, Roy was a piano prodigy who first played Carnegie Hall when he was seven years old. By the time he was twenty-five, he had studied piano and played recitals across Europe, earned two college degrees with honors simultaneously, won the first-ever Kosciusko Award for Chopin, made debuts with the Chicago Symphony and at New York’s Town Hall, and served in the Army. He found his way into advertising almost by accident. When Y&R hired Roy as a copywriter and jingle composer in 1955, he became “the first black at Y&R, and probably the first at any major agency, with a creative function on general accounts”, according to Stephen Fox’s book, Mirror Makers: A History of American Advertising and Its Creators (University of Illinois Press, 1997).

Roy moved to Benton & Bowles in 1959. Al Hampel, the legendary creative head of B&B during the ‘70s (“It’s not creative unless it sells”), says, “The musical genius of Roy Eaton made many radio and TV commercials more memorable and more effective.” Who can forget the animated Sugar Bear who sang like Dean Martin (“Can’t get enough o’ that Sugar Crisp”)? The New York Woman for Chemical Bank (“When her needs are financial, her reaction is Chemical”). “You can trust your car to the man who wears the star” for Texaco. Music for GI Joe and Mr. Potato Head. “Hardee’s. Best eatin’ in town”. “Deep, dark, delicious Yuban”. Roy pioneered the connection—so common today—between music, musicians, and branding strategies. The concert organist E. Power Biggs’ :30-second version of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue for Cool Whip. Milt Jackson’s vibraphone for Harvey’s Bristol Cream (“Never serve the coffee without The Cream”). Gladys Knight and the Pips for Unguentine. The Jackson Five (“ABC”) for Alpha Bits. Jack Bowen, himself an Advertising Hall of Famer since 1992, says, “[Roy] became recognized throughout the advertising agency business as the foremost creative musical composer for many, many great campaigns.”

Roy formed his own company, Roy Eaton Music, in 1981. The Ad Council credits his “Crashing Glasses” spot (“Drunk driving can kill a friendship”) with helping to make its anti-drunk driving effort one of the most effective social marketing campaigns in history.

Soon, Roy returned to the concert stage. Of “The Meditative Chopin”, Roy’s 1986 solo concert at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Times wrote: “The cumulative effect was deeply satisfying. One came much closer to the heart of Chopin—and by extension, to music itself” (Tim Page, NYT, February 10, 1986). Since then, Roy has toured Europe, South America, Asia, and Russia with his artistry; he has recorded albums featuring the work of Chopin, Joplin, Gershwin, and others (Amazon lists six); he has taught on the faculty of his old alma mater, Manhattan School of Music, for close to thirty years; he frequently plays pro bono around the New York area and beyond. Roy makes his home on Roosevelt Island with his wife and seven-year-old twin boys and attends B&B reunions regularly.

Ellen Hutchinson I worked at at Benton & Bowles 1969-1975, starting in Account Management as secretary to Rod Torrence, then Creative as secretary to Liz Eddy. I also worked at Medicus Communications (subsidiary of B&B) for Ed Dent, too. After leaving the B&B network, I started at School of Visual Arts in 1976 and graduated in 1979 with a BFA. I am now an exhibiting artist (painter) at Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia. My work is included in many public and private collections around the country.


Do you know what’s happening to these people?
Do you know what’s happening to these people?  This is a list of people we either need updated emails for, others have tried to find, or want to find.  If you have any information on the ex-B&Bers listed here, or on any other missing alumni, please contact Diane Dudzinski at diane@blauweissadvertising.com

Ander Anderson Larry Furst Diane Lowe Susan Stones
Gail Aiken Candy Greathouse John McCain Ed Torton
Steve August Al Greenlee Bill Munro Victor Weingast
Ted Aves Penny Holmes Bill Murphy Doug Cooper
Charlie Blakemore Judy Hu Lurita Nelson Santiago Hinojosa
Shelly Conger Bud Johnson Ken Merz  
Steve Wright Dale Johnson Lynne Potter  
Tony Cerreso Roni Kasten Rod Capawana  
Bill Cunningham Charlie Kornberger Harvey Zuckerman  
Pat Davis Judy Kramer Rachel Schulman  
Larry Dolan Esther Lee Al Silver  
Peter Levathes Rosanna Stabile  

We regret the passing of the following B&B alumni:


Richard Thorne
August 4, 2018

By Gary Langstaff
On Saturday, 4 August, we lost yet another member of our unique family. And I lost one of the closest friends I've had the good fortune to have. Richard Thorne passed away quite unexpectedly … as best as we know at the moment, attributable to injuries from a fall.
Cast together as Assistant Account Executives on Crest in 1972, we shared an "inside office" far too small for the two of us, barrel chairs and filing cabinets full of film copies of commercials. Even so much as a pivot of a chair banged into the other … which, in turn, precipitated a usually "colorful" verbal exchange! Poor Bill Munro, our AE at the time, was subjected to a regular epithet of character assignations that the unaware eavesdropper could interpret as a prelude to fisticuffs!
In fact, nothing could be further from the truth …
Richard (NEVER "Rich" or, God forbid, "Dick" … although I confess to occasional use of the latter with a lower case "d" and the addition of "head"!!) and I became incredibly close friends … a friendship that has only grown these past 46 years. And, I am honored to say, this friendship expanded to include Lesley, his wife of 40 years; Elektra, his daughter, and Eric, his son as well as my family.
I accept (albeit grudgingly and NOT happily) we have lost far too many of our family over the years, a sad reality of life. Each of these creates a hole in our heart, which, fortunately, we can at least partially plug with memories.
I confess that for me, the hole Richard's passing created in my heart will take a long time to plug, much less, heal. We had talked about people we wanted to see again; places we wished to visit together and experiences yet to be had … never once considering any constraint of time.
I shall miss you, Richard, more than words can fully express. You were a true and trusted friend; and there is no greater compliment I can extend you. I promise you I shall never forget all we shared, even if each recall prompts a severe case of sweaty eyes! I am a better person today for the privilege of our friendship, which makes for a debt I am unlikely able to ever repay given your absence.

Thank you, m'friend. Rest in peace …
Ratso (aka Gary Langstaff)

Richard Thorne. August 29, 1946 - August 4, 2018

By Diane Dudzinski

What a shock it was to get Lesley's call about Richard Thorne's passing! While he did develop some physical challenges over the last few years, no one expected it would lead to this…the loss of a husband, father, brother, grandfather, dear friend.
Richard and I met at Benton & Bowles in the early 70's. We didn't work together but our offices were close enough to often engage in conversations and strike up a friendship. We became pals. To the point where whenever one of us didn't have a date on a holiday or significant occasion, we would accompany each other to the event.
At one New Year's Day party at one of his friend's, we both met Lesley. I think Richard fell in love with her immediately but of course would never have admitted it…macho men don't do that! And he loved the idea of winning her over from the guy she was dating who was with her that day at the party. And over the years Lesley and I have become very close friends, and at the same time Don's and my relationship grew with both of them.
My last conversation with Richard focused on all of the things he was involved in and planning to do going forward…inventing a device to hold ladies pocketbooks at a restaurant, writing a screenplay, a book, as well as others. It was like he was telling me that in spite of the physical ailments he was enduring, he still had the stamina and brain power to do all of these exciting, inventive and creative things.
Richard was brilliant in terms of turning an ordinary space into a beautiful home. I guess that came from his having studied architecture before he got into advertising. Every place he and Lesley lived in eventually evolved into a well-designed and crafted environment.
I miss him and our conversations and his love of life and those he embraced. Richard was a wonderful friend. He loved living and I hate that he's left this life all too soon.
Many B&B'ers didn't know that the idea of the B&B Alumni gatherings was born at an informal get together at Richard & Lesley's in 2000.

Gary Langstaff tells the story so beautifully below.

Richard Thorne and the Origin of the B&B Reunions

By Gary Langstaff

During one of my weekly visits to NYC, I was on a subway headed uptown … standing/holding onto grip, when seated immediately below me was Sylvia Holm-Jensen, who I had not seen in a number of years. We visited during the couple of stops before I had to depart the train and agreed that we needed to get together. Upon emerging from the subway, I ran into David Kreinik and after another brief visit, headed to meeting. Leaving that meeting, I ran into Ken Hite.
Returning to Richard & Lesley Thorne's 19th St. residence, where I stayed during my visits to NYC, I shared the multiple B&B encounters. We agreed we should try to get a few of the B&B folks together and Richard & Lesley offered to host the initial event. I believe we had about 20 folks attend. R&L committed to hosting a second such get-together roughly a year later. This time, however, the "word" was out and their backyard and home were jammed.
Attendees had a grand time and the idea of a formal "annual reunion" … albeit at a location other than R&L's residence, was born. Vicky Amon emerged as the coordinator (a role she did masterfully throughout the years) and, together with a number of other volunteers, the idea of a "Reunion" became an "Event".
The third event in 2002 (but first "official" event per our website) grew dramatically in the number of attendees. More important still, joining that third event was Jack Bowen, Al Hampel, Jack Taylor, Mike Moore. Stam Nishimura, Tom Carey, Gerry Bauman. Arty Selkowitz (and more) which effectively "sanctioned" the "event" via their attendance.
There are many of us who refer still to being a part of a "family" while at B&B. Admittedly, there are those who scoff at the idea, arguing that a workplace is just that … a workplace. That there is no such working environment that can even remotely be referenced as "family." In reality, only those of us who were a part of B&B are entitled to an opinion. I, for one, endorse the idea of "family" … and am proud to be a member thereof.
And I credit Mr. B for his steadfast priority on respect. I genuinely believe this principle proved the foundation of the agency's success. Kudos as well to those members of "Management" who promoted this principle over time. It made the agency not just stronger, but distinctive. And, in some form or another, it made each of us "B&B-ers" better people … regardless of our post-B&B professional travels.
As attested to by so many who attended the reunions over the years, B&B is and will always be a source of special memories and friendships. Not many "workplaces" earn such credit.

Carl Wheeler Nichols Jr.

March 23rd, 2018
Carl Wheeler NicholsIn Norwalk, Connecticut after a long illness and surrounded by his family. Carl was a devoted and beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. Called "Chip" by his family and friends, Carl was born in Port Chester, NY on June 23rd, 1955 the son of Carl and Joan Nichols. He grew up in Darien where he attended Darien High School before studying economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Carl was a man of many talents, interests and boundless creativity. He was an accomplished business executive, published author, talented guitarist and formidable opponent on the tennis and paddle courts. He was at his happiest in the wild spaces of the Adirondacks or the rolling Chiltern hills in England with his family and friends.
Professionally, Carl achieved forty successful years in the advertising agency and strategic marketing business. Carl's career started at Grey Advertising in New York, before moving to D'Arcy, Masius, Benton & Bowles where he rose to Global Director of the Proctor & Gamble and Mars accounts. Carl's career took him around the world. In 1990 he relocated to the UK and Eastern Europe, helping to establish the first western advertising agency offices behind the former Iron Curtain.
He was passionate and stimulated by his work, devoting himself to help businesses create unique and powerful brands. After a decade in the UK, Carl returned to the USA to become CEO of Einson Freeman. In 2003 he co-founded his own company, David ID, where he successfully helped companies bring their ideas to life in the marketplace.
In recent years Carl served on the Board of Directors of Fox Racing Shox, Liberty Safe, ERGObaby, Deep River Snacks and Solera Capital.
In 2006, he co-authored the business book Why Johnny Can't Brand published by Portfolio Books. It was selected by Strategy + Business magazine as one of the five best marketing books of 2006. Among a long list of accomplishments in his life, Carl's greatest joy was his family who adored him and will miss him every day. He provided them with his strength, confidence, security, energy, humor, infectious curiosity and endless pursuit of knowledge. He was a wonderful storyteller, who loved nothing more than playing with his sons and making them laugh. He enjoyed and cherished lifelong friendships and valued the amazing transatlantic community that surrounded him throughout his life.
Carl is survived by his wife, Shirley of Rowayton, CT and three sons, Ben (Amy), Will (Anna) and Luke. He is also survived by his sister Nancy Sundeen (Dick), brother Matt Nichols (Lynn), stepmother Anna Nichols, stepsiblings Cliff Norris (Julie), Meg Norris and Lindsay Durfee (Barry), nieces and nephews, grandnieces and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father Carl, mother Joan, and sister Christine Ferrer (Esteban).
A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, April 6th at 3 PM, at The United Church in Rowayton. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Carl's memory to the Adirondack Council (https://www.adirondackcouncil.org).

Peter Rosow

March 5, 2018
With sorrow we report another Peter's death, Peter Rosow, who for years headed up the NY office of DMB&B. From his NYTimes obit: Peter lived in New York City, Woodbury, CT and Palm Beach, FL, and died peacefully at home in New York on March 5, 2018. He is survived by Rebecca, his beloved wife of 38 years, his children James and Anne of whom he was so proud, their spouses Nicole Rosow and Patrick McNulty, and his grandchildren in whom he took such delight: Leah and Susannah Rosow and Violet and George McNulty. Also survived by former wife Natalie Robinson and sister Marlaya Charleston. Predeceased by daughter Elizabeth. Born in NYC on October 6, 1937 to Helen and Seymour Rosow, Peter was a retired advertising executive and accomplished equestrian. He was smart, funny, warm, generous, optimistic and full of grace. And handsome. A joy to be with and to love. Miraculous six year survivor of pancreatic cancer; resilient and brave to the end. The funeral will be on Thursday, March 8 at 11:30am at Frank E. Campbell, 1076 Madison Ave, NYC. Family will receive visitors on Thursday from 4pm to 8pm at 785 Park Avenue, NYC. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Joseph T. Ruggiero Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, 1305 York Avenue, NYC 10021.

Peter Nord

October 29, 2017
It's with heavy heart that we note the loss of our wonderful Peter Nord who died on Sunday, October 29, 2017.
Of course many of us worked with Peter during our B&B days (and until recently, Don Blauweiss & Diane Dudzinski worked with him at their own agency after B&B), but the rest of us had the pleasure of being with him again these past 15 years through our alumni reunions. Peter's graceful, elegiac yet sharp and witty prose helped memorialize how we all felt about the agency and its passing. He shines through in his introduction to our website and to each reunion event: he makes us smile at the good times and bad, nod at the accuracy of his observations, and relive the friendships we all forged.
He was always a total pleasure to work with: a truly fine man, highly talented, kind, even-keeled, helpful and with a great sense of humor about the, at times, absurdity of life. He will be sorely missed.

Ruth Levine

October 18, 2017
Ruth dedicated herself to Benton & Bowles, spending most of her working career as the agency's casting director. In 1972, she was promoted to Vice President, becoming one of B&B's first female executives. In addition to casting our commercials, Ruth cast The Edge of Night, the ground-breaking Proctor & Gamble soap opera (indeed, the opening scenes for decades featured the Cincinnati skyline to represent the fictional Midwestern city of Monticello).
As noted in her New York Times obituary, Ruth was "tiny in size but huge in love and kindness." She gave a start to many actors who later became highly successful and well-known in their careers, but she also was a huge a huge influence within the agency. Ruth taught us all the power of finding the right person for the right role, and the power of striving to be our best.

Al Kristensen

January 17, 2017

We greatly regret to report Al’s death, long-time B&B/DMB&B-er and a good friend to so many … organized, ever-dedicated, and always ready to help. http://www.rosehillfuneralhomes.com/obituaries/Alan-Kristensen/#!/Obituary

Bern Kanner

2/1/29 – 1/13/17
With sadness, we read of Bern’s recent death, a gracious and good man who contributed much to B&B in his more than three decades at the agency. Details can be found in the following link:

Candy Greathouse

Kathy McSherry wrote:

It is with deepest sadness that I inform you that CANDACE GREATHOUSE died of complications of cancer on August 9, 2016. She was one of the most talented art directors I ever met, a brilliant and funny lady, and a fantastic, loving friend. I will miss her terribly. She is survived by her husband Wouter and her brother Jon.

Paulo Salles, a major force in Latin American advertising and a former leader of DMB&B, died suddenly in San Paolo, Brazil on May 11th 2016. He was 60. Paulo followed his father and uncle into the advertising business and built his family’s agency Salles, into one of the largest and most awarded agencies in Brazil. In 1982 Salles formed an affiliation with DMB&B, and in 1994 when DMB&B bought into the agency, it was renamed Salles DMB&B.

Paulo was highly respected in the halls of DMB&B, and he quickly took on regional responsibilities as head of DMB&B Latin America and global responsibilities as a member of the DMB&B Board of Directors. With the acquisition of BCom3 by Publicis in 2002, Paulo became Chairman of Publicis Worldwide for Latin America. He retired from the agency and the advertising business in 2008 and since then was involved in various investment activities.

Arthur Selkowitz, our Chairman of DMB&B, was a close colleague and fellow Board member with Paulo, and he spoke for all who worked with Paulo in saying: “Paulo was one of the most optimistic and charismatic people in our agency. He never, ever, was negative and always believed there was a solution to any problem or issue, and he usually came up with it. He infused that optimistic spirit at his own agency and throughout the DMB&B network and always, always had the best interests of the agency at heart.”


Carlton "Butch" Foust, 1/16/43 – 3/17/16.

From his son Wolf: Date: 3/28/16
Subject: Goodbye Butch Foust

Dear friends, As many of you know, my father, Butch has been battling cancer for the last two and a half years. Unfortunately, he passed last week. According to his wishes we are not having a memorial service so please say good bye in your own way and remember him as you will. My mother is doing well and I am with her in their home in Apalach. If you need to get in touch with us you can call us at home or email me using this address: wolfgang.foust@gmail.com Thank you to all those of you who helped Butch in this long battle and thank you all for being his friend.

Read Jackson passed away during afternoon of January 25, 2016. I’m sure speak for all of us in saying we lost a special friend and part of a most unique “family” in our early professional lives shared together some 40+ years ago. I confess to being a better person today as a result of the friendship with “HRJ”! I shall miss him dearly. Join me in a silent tribute to our friend … travel safe, H. Read Jackson; may you forever rest in peace! — Gary Langstaff

Brad Gustin

I learned recently that Brad Gustin passed away at age 62 from natural causes at his home in Allenhurst, NJ on July 27, 2013. Brad worked in account management in the Gillette group, with Tom Griffin and Mark Earle. —Tom Cook

Leslie J. (for Jazz) Stark, the most positive and passionate person I know passed away on July 17, 2015 on his beloved Martha’s Vineyard. He was 76 and the cause was cancer. His obit in the Vineyard Gazette called him the “Island’s Beloved Renaissance Man”…an advertising man, actor, playwright, proofreader, raconteur extraordinaire and beacon of hope for those with cancer. Some of those “professions” came in his retirement, but he hinted at them while he was still an ad man. He leaves a very large space in each of those worlds, as many folks pointed out at his funeral service. Speakers told how he even made the effort to “produce” his death by getting in touch with friends from college, work, and family, and saying goodbye ... sharing his kindness right to the end and providing closure to all. Never giving up, he recently wanted to learn to play the viola but couldn’t, so he took up the ukulele. He may have done that just to leave us with a smile or a laugh on his behalf. I will miss him.

Letters of condolence may be sent to: Myra Stark, P.O. Box 45, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. Donations in his memory should be sent to the Martha's Vineyard Cancer Support Group, P.O. Box 2214, Vineyard Haven, MA, 02568

Gail Zeltman Ravetz

Karen Spector Piotti 63, of Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, died on Monday, September 1, 2014. Karen began her career as a television producer at Scali McCabe Sloves. She spent more than a decade at Benton & Bowles in New York, and later at DMB&B, as an Executive Producer on national brands including Bounce, Yuban, Maxwell House and Corning. From Charlotte Rosenblatt, Director of Broadcast Production at DMB&B: Karen was one of our most talented and sought after producers. She approached everything she did with passion and creativity and left her unique and indelible imprint on every assignment she was given. I have many memories of Karen lobbying for certain jobs, but ultimately she worked on just about everything and once she accepted an assignment, it became "Gone With the Wind." She will be sorely missed. For anyone else wishing to share memories or condolences, please go to these sites: LinkedIn: DMB&B Alumni Facebook: Benton & Bowles Alumni

Tom Hendee

June 8, 1928 – August 12, 2014

From his obituary in the 8/20/2014 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

A well known audio producer of radio and television commercials for Benton & Bowles passed away of natural causes on August 12, 2014, in Manhattan at the age of 86. Tom was born in Milwaukee on June 8, 1928. He served in the Army Reserves before attending Williams College and then coming to New York in 1948 to start his career in advertising. His survivors include his nephew, Richardson Hendee (Elizabeth) and their daughters, Holly and Brooke; his nieces Virginia Hendee (Joseph Huetz) and their daughter, Jennifer Serruto; Carolyn Hendee (Carleton Nadelhoffer) and their daughters, Rose, Lila and Teka; and his long-time partner of 35 years and good friend of the last 12, Joseph R. Messina. Mr. Hendee was preceded in death by his dear friend, Ethel Merman. Tom was a fun loving man who always made us laugh. He enjoyed life and being surrounded by good friends and family. He will be greatly missed by all.

David Kreinik

May 14, 1930 - July 3, 2014

Consummate adman and devoted husband and father, David Kreinik, 84 who is best remembered for his quick wit and eternal sense of humor as well as his deep and abiding love for his family, his friends, and all things New York, died Thursday, July 3rd, in New Orleans, LA. He is survived by his wife, Sandra, and daughter, Sasha.

Interment will be held Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 1:00 pm at Lake Lawn Park Cemetery, 5454 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans, La. 70124. Following, family and friends are invited to gather with his widow and daughter at 3738 Octavia Street, New Orleans, La. 70125. Please visit and sign the family guestbook at www.lakelawnmetairie.com.

Sasha will hold a brief and informal gathering to raise a glass to her father at his favorite restaurant in New York on Monday, August 4th. If you can attend, please contact her directly for details either by phone or via email. (504) 784-0310 or susanna.torrey@gmail.com

Matt Savage, a brief tribute written by his friend Jack Bloom:
My friend Matt died March 30, 2014.  Matt Savage was not just my friend, but was also my writing partner at DMB&B during the Crystal Light days back in the mid 1980’s.

To say he’s not around anymore seems to defy logic, because he was a guy that I just liked being around.  He was funny, smart, and probably the best looking guy I ever had the pleasure of pal-ing around with (he called me “pal”, which he genuinely meant).  I realize that now – so many years later – I find I often say: “as my friend Matt used to say….”, so here, to remember him, are a few Mattisms:

He called Rosh Hashanah “Rush On Home-a.”
When invited to my daughter’s bat mitzvah, he wanted to know if he should wear a menorah on his head.
When his feet hurt, he said “my dogs are barking.”
If he saw someone pulling at the rear of their pants, he would ask them if they were going to the game, because “I see you were picking out your seat” (yes, I saw him do this many times).
And my all time favorite…at a difficult client meeting, we were having trouble with a scene in a TV production.  Everyone was being a naysayer, but Matt said: “Don’t tell me what you can’t do, SHOW me what you CAN do.”  Everyone’s jaw dropped, and we solved the problem.

More than just turning a phrase, Matt was a good human being…and I will miss him.

Yes, my friend Matt passed away, but my memories – clearly – will not.

Jack Bloom
April 2014

Si Merrill passed away on December 9, 2013.  He was 94 years old.  In 1945, while in the U.S. Army, he was personal photographer to Chiang Kai-shek, former President of the Republic of China.  Following service to his country, he enjoyed a long professional career in advertising during which he received six CLIO awards.  He will be lovingly remembered as a devoted husband to wife Meg, father to son Michael, as well as grandfather to Chloe and Olivia.  Funeral arrangements were private.

Jim Fuller died November 2, 2013.  He leaves his beloved wife and son, Barbara Fauntleroy Fuller and Ben Fuller, along with many friends and colleagues who now mourn him.  Barbara told us that Jim left this earth peacefully in his sleep after a long battle with Parkinson’s.  Jim had suffered much with the debilitating aspects of the disease for a very long time, yet he and the family faced it together.  Barbara was grateful that she and Bill (a medical student here in the NY area) were able to be with him throughout his final days.  Anyone wishing to contact the family may reach Barbara at evpbarbff@gmail.com and donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s, www.michaeljfox.org.

Alan Clark died on July 18, 2013.  He lived in Ancram, NY (originally of London, England, then Manhattan, and since 1976, his beloved Columbia County), ex-husband and forever best friend of Agi Clark; loving and loved father of Oren and of grandchildren Aidan and Thalia.  Alan was killed before his time on July 18th in a devastating car accident.  He is going to be terribly missed also by his brother David Clark and his family and so many friends who loved and admired him for his warm, generous heart, for his gentleness and wonderful sense of humor, and for his talents at anything he chose to do.  Alan loved life, traveled the world, rode his bikes and motorcycle all around Columbia County, was a lifelong Tour de France and Formula 1 fan, and loved his (and everyone else’s) dogs and cats.  Those who wish can make a donation in his name to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA, Hudson, NY and/or Animalkind, Hudson, NY

Bill Perkins died in New York on January 21, 2013. He was 59. Bill touched so many lives with his brilliance, charisma, humor, mistakes and vulnerability over the years.  He had an innate talent for the advertising business:  sharp insights, warmth and a zany sense of humor that endeared him to all of us … that head of often unruly curls, his shy smile that could quickly break into a radiant grin, his ability to inspire great work and say the right thing to diffuse tension ... our memories of him are indelible.  He was truly one of a kind and will be much missed.  Those wishing to send condolences may do so to his brother Eddie, via Steve Davis, at jstevedavis@comcast.net.

Marion Lennox, B&B’s long-time Broadcast Traffic Manager, passed away on September 28, 2012. All of us who worked with her remember her fondly, and Rich Hamilton paid her this tribute:

"She headed up a thankless job. But a job, ironically, where a single mistake could cost you the account. A job where perfection was presumed. She was tough but her people loved her -- perhaps because she was tough. She supported and advocated for her staff wherever it was fair and right. She made many a sacrifice for them. She was loyal, and she believed in loyalty. At what she did, she was the best. I miss her … and am saddened to hear of her death."

And, if you’d like to leave a remembrance about her or words of sympathy, you can do so at the following link: http://obituaries.nydailynews.com/19792464

Pat Harvey Sullivan, a well-loved Account Executive at B&B during the 1970’s and early ‘80’s, died at her home in Larchmont NY on July 30, 2012. She succumbed to cancer, which she had battled, with optimism, strength and dignity, for the better part of 26 years. Everyone who knew Pat appreciated her intelligence, confidence and positive outlook, as well as her ability to find humor in even the most frustrating work situations. She contributed significantly to every project and always put things into the proper perspective. These were rare gifts in the midst of stress-filled deadline pressures and endeared her to everyone.

Pat Harvey Sullivan, a left advertising to start a family, and after her sons Conor and Griffin were born, Pat returned to school to become a librarian. She became a part-time librarian in a number of towns in Westchester County for almost twenty years. Her leisure time was spent playing with the Winged Foot niners, participating in Larchmont book groups, singing in the Sts. John & Paul choir, and was a dedicated bridge player throughout her life. She was also a published author, of a World Book title, Raccoons and Their Relatives.

Pat was cherished and is mourned by all of us who knew her, and who worked with her. She is survived by her husband Dermod, sons Conor and Griffin, and other close family members include fellow B&Ber Bill Sullivan, her brother-in-law. http://larchmont.dailyvoice.com/obituaries/patricia-sullivan-67-librarian-larchmont

Lee Rich left us at age 93 on May 30, 2012, a B&B-er during the '50's and '60's who worked with our clients like P&G to sponsor shows. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/31/arts/television/lee-rich-a-founder-of-lorimar-productions-dies.html?_r=1&ref=obituaries

Joan Utall Anderson died in her home in New York on APRIL 19, 2012 after a brief illness, she was 89. http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2012/05/02/former-elyrian-joan-anderson-dies-after-a-long-career-as-actress-jazz-aficionado/ During part of her long career, she was a casting director at B&B for both our commercials and soap operas. There will be a memorial service for her in September so anyone wanting information to attend should contact her son Bro, at brouttal@gmail.com.

Joan Eckstein died April 21, 2012 after a long illness that sapped her of her physical and mental strength.  Let's remember the smart, sassy and beautiful woman she was before the illness. The family will be arranging an event in NYC in June to remember her; for information contact contact Susan Fehlinger at susan@susanfehlinger.com.  

Henry Gross passed away at Christmas-time, 2011

We note with sadness the November 2011 death of Dick Gershon, an industry pioneer and media director of B&B back in the 60's. He left the agency in 1966 to found Independent Media Services, first media planning and buying company in the U.S. Ad Age heralded Gershon for this milestone in their review of the last 75 years of advertising history. There is a longer discussion of his career at: http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/164972/obit-independent-media-services-pioneer-dick-gers.html and anyone wishing to get in touch with the family may contact: Leslie Fenn Gershon (his wife in NYC) lesliefg1@gmail.com 212-799-1325 OR John Gates (his nephew) 22 Hazeltine Drive Cumberland, ME 04021 john.gates07@gmail.com 207-829-8099

Another sad loss to the B&B Alumni family:

Stephen Dennis Kolker
On Friday, October 21, 2011 — Stephen Dennis Kolker of New York, NY formerly of Washington, DC. Beloved son of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Kolker; dear brother of Gary (Nancy) Kolker, Jeffrey (Pamela) Kolker, and Tracy Kolker (Bruce Ochsman); greatly loved uncle of Samantha (Shaun), Courtney, Kelly, Paris, Kate, January, Jade, Tommy, Chase, Steven, and Lion.

Steve was a graduate of the Maret School where he served as President of the Student Government, and captain of the football team. He received his BA degree at Northwestern University in Chicago, and his masters degree at The Medill School of Journalism. He then joined Benton and Bowles as their youngest vice president. In his career, he was responsible for the marketing campaigns for such products as The Cabbage Patch Dolls and G.I. Joe.

Sad News about Joe Gregorace, 4-13-2011

We thought you would like to know that Joe Gregorace passed away on Wednesday, April 13, after a long illness.

Those of us who remember him — and who doesn't and couldn't
remember him as very colorful, a little cranky, very talented, and unsuccessful in hiding a very sweet man. His wife Maryanne asked that people remember him in their prayers.

The Gregorace home address is 83 Eagle Lane, Hauppauge, NY 11788. Their sons are Christian and Joe. The home phone is 631-360-1412 and they can be reached via email at greggo83@aol.com

Anyone wishing to make a donation in Joe’s name, please send it to Good Shepherd Hospice, 245 Old Country Road, Melville, NY 11747 (631-465-6300). Be sure to mention that the donation is in his

Eddie Stephens, who ran the DMB&B Mars Europe business for many years
From: Claude Keith, and Arty Selkowitz

Dear All,

It is with much sadness and a heavy heart that I write to inform you of the death of Eddie Stephens on Friday December 3rd, 2010 following a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer.

Like a truly great single malt whisky, Eddie, I know, was an acquired taste. For those of us privileged to be considered his friends or close working associates he will be remembered for his brilliant mind, his great wit, and his extraordinary ability to entertain and hold the floor as a quite remarkable raconteur. Often a thorn in the side of management Eddie was a total one-off, an independent spirit, very much his own one man show, who worked superbly with a close knit team where he was very much in charge. No client could fail to be impressed by his dedication to their business, his extraordinary commitment and fierce loyalty as well as his superb presentation skills. He never failed to mark off the top man or woman and became to them the one ad person they could truly trust. He was really the consummate Account Man and I, for one, was proud to have seen him in action and to learn a great deal from him.

Since his retirement, which for him was to be all too short, he dedicated his time to his grandchildren and put all his energies into their development. An intensely private man he was one of the truly great characters of which there are all too few. His rapier wit, his wicked sense of humour and his sometimes outlandish behaviour will long be remembered and recounted. I only wish he had written a book of his stories and escapades. Eddie leaves a wife Billie, a son, Mark and a daughter, Emma, and, of course, his beloved grandchildren. The very private funeral will be on Friday but it is hoped that there will be a memorial service in the New Year. Should you wish to write to Billie her address is 13, Rusholme Road, London SW15 3JX.

Yours with love and or kindest regards,

Tony Douglas, the co-managing director of DMB&B London died October 12, 2010 at the age of 67 after a long battle with cancer. Tony and his partner, Graham Hinton were managing directors of the agency from 1985 until about 1995 and did such a good job that the DMB&B London was Agency of the Year in London in the early 90's.

Steve Fenton left us on August 12, 2010, at age 64. He battled pancreatic cancer with fervor for longer than seemed possible. So many in our B&B/DMB&B world were blessed to have known him and worked with him. He was our mentor, confidante, and loyal friend. Steve supported all of us and we should not have had to lose him so soon.

Dorothy Curtis, December 2009
“Dorothy Curtis … was our chief proofreader for many years, and saved us from quite a few print and broadcast errors. Truly a fine lady. … Certainly, she will be missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing and working with her.” -- Tom (Howard) Thompson B&B 1956-85

Ted Burnett
We are very sorry to report that we recently learned of the death of Ted Burnett
(date and cause not known)

I am very sorry to be the bearer of bad news (again, after Mike Moore) but we lost
George Simko
Wednesday night (12/30/09) after a long bout with cancer. Within a few short months we have lost two legends of media. George was a street-smart, wise, and joyous man with a wonderful sense of humor, a big smile and a raucous laugh. He loved jokes and he loved people, and was always available for counsel and support. For those of us who worked for him or with him, he was always someone who listened well and backed you up and had a bias for action that was refreshing.                                                                    -- Arty Selkowitz

Our wonderful and brilliant Mike Moore, died on October 18, 2009. He was the beloved husband of Karen, loving father of David and Jeffrey, cherished grandfather. Mike Moore, former Media Director of Benton & Bowles and later the media leader of D'Arcy, Televest, and MediaVest, passed away on October 18th in New York after a two year battle with eosphageal cancer.

Mike was also the first Media Director to sit on the Board of Directors of a major advertising agency as Benton & Bowles, always a media innovator and power house, realized he had much to offer in the the broader sense of running an agency.
Mike was a good and gentle man. He cared deeply about the welfare of his people and always sought recognition, not for himself, but for his people in media and the media profession overall. He came of age when the media departments of agencies were considered an ancillary function and through his leadership and creativity he brought media to the forefront of agency thinking and contribution. Indeed, because of his innovation in developing the AOR function and recognizing the power of independent media thinking and leadership, he was a pioneer in developing, through Televest, the concept of stand-alone media operations which is so prevalent today.
Mike was quiet and low-key, but he was passionate in behalf of his clients who came to respect and love him for his insights, intelligence, and fair play. He was respected and heeded by the most important names in client-land---Coca Cola, Procter & Gamble, Kraft, General Motors, etc.
No one cared more for the agency and its people than Mike, and the results of his mentorship are reflected in the leadership of most of the major media operations in the country today.  He was a wise and considerate man who will be missed by all whom he taught and touched.
                                                                       -- Arty Selkowitz

Hello Arty,
Thank you for putting George into my thoughts.  In his role as Euro President of D'Arcy, I saw a lot of him and worked alongside him on countless occasions, but … I think that for me the defining image of this feisty little man occurs in a Parisian restaurant on the evening of Jean Jabes' funeral.  The Euro management team was devastated by the loss of our greatly loved regional leader, and perhaps sensing this, George invited us to join him for dinner that night where he held court for hours cheering us and entertaining us with a non-stop stream of anecdotes and humour....a kind of one-man vaudeville act that worked like a well-needed tonic on all of us.  Brilliant leadership.
I join you in thinking of this 'street-smart, wise, and joyous man' and in hoping that the coming decade fulfils the hopes of us all. -- Richard Barker

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Shelly Platt on June 3, 2009. Shelly is survived by his wife Sue and his daughters Eden, Karen and Deborah, and his grandchildren Nathaniel, Jacob and Rebecca. Shelly was twice a producer at Benton and Bowles, and it was during his later stint that most of us remember him. Shelly was, in an agency of colorful, talented characters, one-of-a kind. He was a mentor to a generation of young producers. A bear to a generation of TV directors and producers. And a wonderful friend to a great number of fellow B&B-ers who will sorely miss his genuine, good-hearted, warm friendship, wrapped in a fake curmudgeonly style.

It is with great sadness that we report the death from heart failure of Anne A. Watson, a long-time B&B-er in September 2008.She so enjoyed working at the agency, and treasured her many friendships from there over the years.  Those who wish to get in touch with her family can contact Joyce LaRosa.

We mourn the loss of our colleague and friend, Boris Esterkis who died in July 2008.

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Mark Abrams, on April 2, 2008 at Hudson Valley Hospital.  He was 58.  He is survived by his wife Nancy and their triplet children Kirstin, Kimberly and Keith.  Further info can be found here: www.nyjnews.com/obits/Obit1.php?pid=2487468

Lois Burke, Research Librarian – January 12, 2008, of cancer

Jim Carroll, Director of Production – November 12, 2006, after a long illness

Louie Musachio, Art Director – December 10, 2007
of complications from heart bypass surgery

Stam Nishimura, Director of Post Production – December, 2007, while on a cruise

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Walter Cohen, in an automobile accident near his home in the Adirondacks on September 27, 2007.

"To those of you who worked with us and knew us as 'Bernie & Walter,' I feel that I lost part of myself now that Walter's gone.  We were a creative team for over 20 years.  Two shy art directors who wrote our own copy, were our own assistants, as well as our own supervisors.

Somehow we managed to do it all and have fun too.  We both used to laugh when we'd get interoffice memos and stuff addressed to 'Bernie & Walter' with no last names.  They knew where to deliver it.

We were both very fortunate to have met and worked with many wonderful people over the years, and almost every time we spoke we would talk about many of the great people we worked with and laugh at the 'Bernie & Walter' stories.

My favorite (and Walter's too) was one that shows how close we were.  We were on a conference call in our office at B&B with a P&G client.  I was on my phone, Walter was on his phone, and Steve Davis, the account exec, was on the third phone.  At one point, I sneezed into the phone.  The client on the other end said 'God bless you!' and without missing a beat, Walter said 'Thank you!'  We all burst into laughter when Steve told the client what had just happened.  Just the other day, Steve reminded me that the P&G client was George Hoefer, who eventually becazme one of the partners in the advertising agency that lured us away from B&B.

I still can't believe that Walter's gone.  I miss him"

Most sincerely, Bernie Most

Sam Cooperstein – February 8, 2007

Jim Tigue – January, 2007, of cancer 

Ray Marione – January 27, 2007 of cancer.  
Ray's daughter, Danielle Grant, suggests memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society.  Notes of condolence can be sent to Ray's family at 252 Cottrell Road, Old Bridge, NJ 08857.
Ray's daughter, Danielle Grant, suggest memorials to the American Cancer Society. Notes of condolence can go to Ray's family at 252 Cottrell Road, Old Bridge, NJ 08857.”

Myrt Selders – April 2, 2006.
Of cancer, in Lawrence, Kansas. Family suggests memorials in her name to the First Presbyterian Church, Lawrence, KS, specifically for the Music Program or to Lawrence Community Theatre and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13 St., Lawrence, KS 66044-3402, Ph 785-843-1120. Condolences may be addressed to Raymond Fessler, for the family and sent to info@warrenmcelwain.com Subject: Selders or directly to Ray Fessler @ rayfes@sbcglobal.net.

Tom Ogdon – February 15, 2006.
He suffered a serious fall on stairs upon leaving a restaurant on January 30th. Expected to recover, he suddenly suffered a fatal infection. His wife Michele, daughter Kristin, and sons David and Barry survive him. He had a great zest for life and will be sorely missed.

Anna Cisar – 2006

Ciccio (Arcangelo) Fiorani
(Ran B&B Italy for many years) – July 2005 of cancer

Mary Kohlmainen Lambert – died February 2005

Florence Reiff Fertig  
May 27, 2004 ending her long struggle with cancer.

Sandy Sulcer – January 2004 of a heart attack.

Ann Brady – December 2003 of Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Joe Toto – May 2002, of cancer

John LaPick

Charlie Jackson, died 1988

Barrie Webster

It is with great sadness that we report the untimely death of Julian Bernstein, husband of Betsy Bernstein. Anyone wishing to contact Betsy or her twins, Michael and David, can reach them at: Betsy Bernstein, 4 Old Woods Drive, Harrison, NY 10528. 914-698-5141

A wonderful man, Allan Warren, founder of “Ergon” later DMB&B Ergon who has passed away many years ago-from cancer is not mentioned in your In Memoriam. I have worked with him when I was the Creative Director for the agency from 1991 till 1993. I believe Allan deserves to be mentioned as he was a very dear character and a very successful professional in the Greek market those days. Thank you.
George Pittas, Creative Services Director, Marketway/ Publicis, Marketway Building, 20 Karpenisiou Str. 1077 Nicosia, Tel: + 357 22391000 Fax. +357 22391150