JWT Atlanta’s White Dies at 59

ATLANTA Jeff White, president of JWT Atlanta for the past 19 years, died unexpectedly Saturday morning while in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps, the agency said.

White, 59, a former Marine, was found in his hotel room Saturday after failing to attend a luncheon with several friends. He had planned to attend a celebration Saturday night marking the 230th birthday of the Marine Corps. JWT Atlanta has handled the Marine Corps’ advertising account for several decades.

The cause of death has not been determined, and no autopsy has been scheduled, the shop said. Visitation is scheduled for Nov. 10 in Atlanta. There will be no funeral or memorial service, and the body will be cremated.

His wife, Sue, and his son, Brad, survive him. The family has asked that people make donations to the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program in lieu of flowers.

White spent his entire advertising career with JWT. He joined the shop in 1968 in Chicago, but left several months later to serve in Vietnam. After his discharge as a Marine captain in 1971, he rejoined the agency and oversaw the Chicago office, then led the Washington operation. He moved to JWT Atlanta in 1987 when that location was merged with the agency’s Washington office.

White had announced in August that he would retire at the end of 2006 and said he planned to move to a lakeside home in South Carolina with his wife.

His successor, Tony Accurso, 45, will assume the top post in Atlanta immediately, the shop said.