NEW YORK Kingsley Newell Meyer, a longtime advertising executive who was a founding partner of the Horton, Church and Goff agency, died at Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut on April 20 from complications of pneumonia, his family said. He was 86.
The Providence, R.I., shop, which he joined in 1958 (rising to president by 1976) grew to become one of the largest in the state. Meyer retired from the firm in the mid-1980s. He was named Rhode Island's Advertising Man of the Year in 1976 and served as chairman of the American Association of Advertising Agencies' N.E. Council. He was also a member of the National Sales Executives Club and the Providence Advertising Club.
Before starting his ad career, Meyer began in academe with a stint as assistant dean of admissions for Brown University. After that, he joined Davol Rubber in Providence, where he spent seven years in different executive positions.
Meyer was born in Boston on May 1, 1920 and grew up in East Greenwich, R.I., where he attended the Providence Country Day School. He graduated from Brown University in 1943 and went on to complete the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
During World War II, he was a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy.
He was also active in community organizations, serving as director of the Narragansett Council of the Boy Scouts of America; as a trustee of Providence Country Day School and St. Andrew's School; as a director of R.I. Junior Achievement; and as a director of the Associated Alumni at Brown.
Meyer is survived by two daughters, Candace Bartlett of Darien, Conn., and Lisa Tischer of Princeton, N.J.; a son, Kingsley N. Meyer, Jr. of Rio Grande, Ohio; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His wife Carol Meyer died in 2004.