George Darcy, corporate consultant

March 24, 1994|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer

George R. Darcy, chief executive officer of a corporate communications firm, died March 15 of an aneurysm at Florida Hospital Medical Center in Orlando.

The Lutherville resident was 73.

In 1976, he formed Darcy International Counselors Inc. in Lutherville.

In 1959, he established Darcy Communications and was president and CEO until 1972 when the firm merged with Hutchins Advertising. He was chairman and CEO of Hutchins-Darcy until 1976 when he retired. That year, he formed Darcy International.

His local clients included the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Edison Electrical Institute and the Baltimore Gas & Electric Co.

"He had a magnificent gift as a writer and was an advertising expert," said George W. Gephart of Mount Washington, retired public affairs manager for BG&E. "He was a very respected voice at BG&E. I can't think of a single one of our executives who didn't value his insight and his almost uncanny way of getting to the heart of a problem quickly, and just as quickly producing an answer."

Mr. Darcy was born and reared in Rochester, N.Y., graduating from West High School in 1938. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester in 1942 then enlisted in the Navy that year and became an aviator.

During World War II, he flew with Scouting Squadron 32 and then Patrol Bombing Squadron 201 in the Atlantic Fleet, targeting German U-boats. Later in the war, he joined Rescue Squadron 3 based in Okinawa and was flying a rescue plane when the Enola Gay dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. His mission was to pick up any survivors if the Enola Gay was downed.

He was discharged in 1946 with the rank of lieutenant senior grade and went to work for McGraw-Hill Industrial and Business Books in New York. He returned to Rochester in 1954, joining Rumrill-Hoyt Advertising as vice president.

A family service will be held this summer on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, and Mr. Darcy's ashes will be spread at Nauset Beach there.

Survivors include his wife, the former Martha Harbrecht of Evanston, Ill., whom he married in 1950; three sons, George H. Darcy of Columbia and K. Blake Darcy and Michael J. Darcy, both of Philadelphia; two daughters, Patricia D. Alexander of Des Moines, Iowa, and Elizabeth Darcy Hope of Millis, Mass.; a brother, Milton P. Darcy of Rochester; and four grandsons.

Memorial donations may be made to the Chesapeake Bay Trust Fund, 60 West St., 200A, Annapolis 21401.

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