Donald N. Culbertson, 77, commercial artist

August 12, 2002

Donald Nathaniel Culbertson, a commercial artist for more than 40 years, died Thursday of heart failure at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Glendale resident was 77.

Born in East Baltimore, Mr. Culbertson was a graduate of the old Mergenthaler School of Printing, which is now Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School.

During World War II, he served in the Army's 103rd Infantry Division. He was honorably discharged in 1945 with the rank of private first class.

In 1949, Mr. Culbertson earned an associate's degree from the University of Baltimore. Soon after, he taught advertising design there part-time.

During his career as a commercial artist, he worked for several prominent advertising agencies in the area, including Leon S. Golnick Agency, W.B. Donor Advertising, Gettier-Montanye, Barrett Advertising, Eastern Outdoor and the Frank Group. His work included graphic arts, and brochure and billboard design.

After his official retirement about 10 years ago, Mr. Culbertson continued to work part-time from home.

Mr. Culbertson was active in his church, the First Church of God in East Baltimore, and helped to plan the church's centennial celebration last year.

He enjoyed bird-watching and was a member of the Baltimore Bird Club, for which he designed the Web site logo. He received the group's valued service award in June.

He also served as president and program director of the now-defunct Arts Directors Club of Baltimore.

Services were held Saturday at First Church of God.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Ruth Snell of Glendale; three daughters, Dawn Culbertson of Baltimore, Terry Culbertson of Syracuse, N.Y., and Nancy Geesey of Lutherville; a brother, George Culbertson of Timonium; six grandchildren; and one great-grandson. A son, David, died in 1994, and a brother, Warren, died in 1980.

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