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By Cindy Harper-Evans | July 20, 1991
VanSant Dugdale cut its staff by more than a third and laid off 13 employees from its production, traffic and media departments yesterday morning, according to an official at the advertising agency.The cuts have been expected since Gray Kirk & Evans and VanSant agreed to a merger last month, creating Baltimore's second-largest ad agency, with $80 million in annual billings.Combined, the new agency, named Gray Kirk/VanSant, will have 92 employees, said Jeff Millman, the VanSant creative director who will co-head the creative department at the merged agency.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,sun reporter | February 2, 2007
Seymour "Sy" Levin, a retired Baltimore advertising executive and sculptor, died of heart failure Monday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The former Owings Mills resident was 83. Mr. Levin was born in Springfield, Mass., and moved to Baltimore with his family in 1931. He was a 1940 graduate of City College and studied at the University of Maryland until he was drafted into the Army in 1942. He attained the rank of sergeant and served during the war years at Los Alamos, N.M., managing a warehouse.
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March 10, 1991
Carole Harden Freeman, a former Baltimore homemaker, died last Sunday at her daughter's home in Wilmington, Del., after a long illness.Mrs. Freeman, who was 77 and lived at a retirement home in Greenville, Del., worked as a volunteer at Longwood Gardens and Winterthur. She was also a member of the Wilmington Country Club.Born in Baltimore, she was a 1930 graduate of Eastern High School. She attended the Martinette School of Art and was also a model.Her husband, Alfred Freeman, was director of marketing for the carpet division of Du Pont in Wilmington before his death in 1979.
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By John-John Williams IV Sun reporter | December 24, 2006
Aaron "Henry" Otto, a local television producer and syndicator for more than 30 years, died of melanoma Thursday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The longtime Baltimore resident was 91. Born in Hegins, Pa., to vegetable farmers, Mr. Otto graduated from Hegins Township High School in 1933 and became the first member of his family to graduate from college when he received a bachelor's degree in political science and history in 1939. While attending Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa., Mr. Otto was a varsity wrestler and football player, and sang in a quartet and trio.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | June 4, 1999
J. Stanley Paulus, noted advertising executive who helped create the "Charm City" and "Trash Ball" advertising campaigns in the 1970s, died Monday of colon cancer at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 64 and lived in Phoenix.Mr. Paulus was senior vice president and creative director of VanSant Dugdale advertising agency, where his conceptual ideas resulted in many award-winning regional, national and international advertising campaigns for such clients as Black & Decker US Inc., US Airways, Roy Rogers restaurants and Nestle.
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By Mary Corey and Mary Corey,Staff Writer | April 12, 1992
Chef Allison Dugdale dreams of food at night and on waking 0) prepares it at Foster's Oyster BarThis is the stuff that Allison Dugdale's dreams are made of . . . phyllo triangles filled with crab meat, artichoke hearts and feta cheese, beds of roasted pepper coulis and hearty oyster stew.The chef of Foster's Oyster Bar, Restaurant and Market swears she sees food in her sleep, but only because most of her waking hours are spent at the fledgling Fells Point establishment."I can't imagine doing anything else, but I live for my days off," says Ms. Dugdale, 32, who lives eight blocks from the restaurant.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | December 23, 2003
Eveleth Wilson "Pete" Bridgman Jr., a former Baltimore advertising executive and land preservationist, died of heart failure Wednesday at Cape Canaveral Hospital in Cocoa Beach, Fla. He was 75. He rose through the ranks at VanSant Dugdale, starting as a mailroom clerk and eventually becoming senior vice president. He left in 1973 to start his own firm in Annapolis, Bridgman Associates. A Baltimore native, Mr. Bridgman attended McDonogh School and was a 1944 graduate of City College. He studied at the Johns Hopkins University and Yale University before enlisting in the Army in 1947.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | November 17, 2003
George Phelps Fondersmith Jr., an artist and former advertising executive who was the founder and director of the Baltimore Life Gallery, died of pneumonia Wednesday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The longtime Towson resident was 85. Mr. Fondersmith was born in Philadelphia and raised in Elkins Park, Pa., and was a graduate of Cheltenham High School. He studied at the Art Students' League of New York and the Philadelphia College of Art. During World War II, he served as an Army master sergeant at Aberdeen Proving Ground, where he headed its art department.
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By John-John Williams IV Sun reporter | December 24, 2006
Aaron "Henry" Otto, a local television producer and syndicator for more than 30 years, died of melanoma Thursday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The longtime Baltimore resident was 91. Born in Hegins, Pa., to vegetable farmers, Mr. Otto graduated from Hegins Township High School in 1933 and became the first member of his family to graduate from college when he received a bachelor's degree in political science and history in 1939. While attending Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa., Mr. Otto was a varsity wrestler and football player, and sang in a quartet and trio.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,sun reporter | February 2, 2007
Seymour "Sy" Levin, a retired Baltimore advertising executive and sculptor, died of heart failure Monday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The former Owings Mills resident was 83. Mr. Levin was born in Springfield, Mass., and moved to Baltimore with his family in 1931. He was a 1940 graduate of City College and studied at the University of Maryland until he was drafted into the Army in 1942. He attained the rank of sergeant and served during the war years at Los Alamos, N.M., managing a warehouse.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | December 23, 2003
Eveleth Wilson "Pete" Bridgman Jr., a former Baltimore advertising executive and land preservationist, died of heart failure Wednesday at Cape Canaveral Hospital in Cocoa Beach, Fla. He was 75. He rose through the ranks at VanSant Dugdale, starting as a mailroom clerk and eventually becoming senior vice president. He left in 1973 to start his own firm in Annapolis, Bridgman Associates. A Baltimore native, Mr. Bridgman attended McDonogh School and was a 1944 graduate of City College. He studied at the Johns Hopkins University and Yale University before enlisting in the Army in 1947.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | November 17, 2003
George Phelps Fondersmith Jr., an artist and former advertising executive who was the founder and director of the Baltimore Life Gallery, died of pneumonia Wednesday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The longtime Towson resident was 85. Mr. Fondersmith was born in Philadelphia and raised in Elkins Park, Pa., and was a graduate of Cheltenham High School. He studied at the Art Students' League of New York and the Philadelphia College of Art. During World War II, he served as an Army master sergeant at Aberdeen Proving Ground, where he headed its art department.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | November 2, 1999
William M. Dugdale, a retired account manager and vice chairman of VanSant Dugdale & Co. Inc., once Baltimore's largest advertising agency, died Thursday of cancer at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 84 and lived at Elkridge Estates. The former longtime Roland Park resident worked for 35 years at VanSant Dugdale, which his father, H. Kirkus Dugdale, co-founded with Wilbur VanSant in 1925. The agency -- which had such blue-chip clients as Martin-Marietta, United States Fidelity & Guaranty, Maryland National Bank, Davison Chemical Company Division of W. R. Grace & Co., Allegheny Airlines, and Baltimore Paint and Chemical Corp.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | June 4, 1999
J. Stanley Paulus, noted advertising executive who helped create the "Charm City" and "Trash Ball" advertising campaigns in the 1970s, died Monday of colon cancer at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 64 and lived in Phoenix.Mr. Paulus was senior vice president and creative director of VanSant Dugdale advertising agency, where his conceptual ideas resulted in many award-winning regional, national and international advertising campaigns for such clients as Black & Decker US Inc., US Airways, Roy Rogers restaurants and Nestle.
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By Jay Hancock and Jay Hancock,Sun Staff Writer | October 12, 1994
On and off, in one form or another, Gray Kirk VanSant has been Martin Marietta Corp.'s advertising agency since the 1930s. The relationship has outlasted war, peace, countless management changes and several mergers.Now it may be challenged again.Martin Marietta's pending merger with Lockheed Corp. could pit Baltimore-based Gray Kirk in a contest for the merged company's business against D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, the Los Angeles agency that Lockheed hired earlier this year.The dollars at stake aren't huge.
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By Phyllis Brill and Phyllis Brill,Sun Staff Writer | July 31, 1994
Nicholas VanSant, retired president and chairman of the board of VanSant Dugdale & Co. Inc., one of the oldest advertising agencies in the country, died Thursday of cancer at his home in Towson. He was 70.Mr. VanSant, a 35-year veteran of the company, retired in 1983. While he was president, the company maintained national accounts with clients such as USF&G, Black & Decker and Martin Marietta.Mr. VanSant joined the firm, founded by his father, Wilbur VanSant, in 1948 as a service assistant after graduating from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. He worked in various departments before joining management.
BUSINESS
July 8, 1991
One on One is a weekly feature offering excerpts of interviews 1/2 conducted by the Evening Sun with newsworthy business leaders. Roger Gray, chief executive of the advertising agency Gray Kirk & Evans, talks about the pending merger of his firm with VanSant Dugdale and what he expects the combined operation, to be called Gray Kirk/VanSant to accomplish in the future.Q. What phase is the merger in right now?A. We are in the final stages of getting the details worked outand it appears that the deal will be signed as of next Monday [today]
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By Jay Hancock and Jay Hancock,Sun Staff Writer | October 12, 1994
On and off, in one form or another, Gray Kirk VanSant has been Martin Marietta Corp.'s advertising agency since the 1930s. The relationship has outlasted war, peace, countless management changes and several mergers.Now it may be challenged again.Martin Marietta's pending merger with Lockheed Corp. could pit Baltimore-based Gray Kirk in a contest for the merged company's business against D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, the Los Angeles agency that Lockheed hired earlier this year.The dollars at stake aren't huge.
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November 13, 1992
F. Douglas TillettAdvertising personageF. Douglas Tillett, a former vice president and associate creative director at the Van Sant Dugdale Inc. advertising agency, died Nov. 5 of cancer at the Mercy Medical Center.A memorial service for the 67-year-old Phoenix resident was to be conducted at 7 p.m. today at the Sheffield Audio Visual Productions recording studio, 13816 Sunnybrook Road, Phoenix.Since leaving the advertising agency in 1972, Mr. Tillett had worked as a free-lance narrator of commercial and political advertisements, and of educational messages for the Society of Jesus and the National Park Service, which used his voice in automated exhibits.
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By Mary Corey and Mary Corey,Staff Writer | April 12, 1992
Chef Allison Dugdale dreams of food at night and on waking 0) prepares it at Foster's Oyster BarThis is the stuff that Allison Dugdale's dreams are made of . . . phyllo triangles filled with crab meat, artichoke hearts and feta cheese, beds of roasted pepper coulis and hearty oyster stew.The chef of Foster's Oyster Bar, Restaurant and Market swears she sees food in her sleep, but only because most of her waking hours are spent at the fledgling Fells Point establishment."I can't imagine doing anything else, but I live for my days off," says Ms. Dugdale, 32, who lives eight blocks from the restaurant.
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