Topic: Obituaries

Noreen O'Leary, One of Advertising's Most Iconic Journalists, Has Died

For 31 years, her Adweek profiles and agency coverage set the bar

Noreen O'Leary, a giant of advertising journalism who spent the past 31 years perfecting her craft at Adweek, passed away Saturday after a battle with cancer. She was 59. A native…

Former PepsiCo CEO and DreamWorks Chairman Roger Enrico Has Died at 71

Iconic exec was 'one of the true legends'

Roger Enrico, who led Pepsi through the high-stakes "Cola Wars" of the 1980s, has died. He was 71. Although known for his lengthy career with PepsiCo, where he inked a sponsorship…

Harry Jacobs, The Martin Agency's First Creative Director, Dies at 87

'Dean of Southern Advertising' helped shape the agency

Harry Jacobs, an ad industry veteran who helped build a global reputation for The Martin Agency, died at his Richmond home on Sunday. He was 87. Jacobs spent more than five…

Famed Adman Bill Backer, Best-Known for Coca-Cola's 'Hilltop,' Dies

Legendary creative was 89

Bill Backer, the ad giant behind the world's most famous ad, Coca-Cola's "Hilltop," which had a prominent role in the finale of Mad Men, died on Friday. He was 89. He is…

Abe Vigoda Did It All in Advertising, From a Live 1951 TV Spot to the 2010 Super Bowl

A look at the character actor's commercial cameos

Not many actors can boast a career spanning seven decades, but Abe Vigoda—who died Tuesday at age 94—was one of them. And his commercial career was just as long, beginning…

Adweek Co-Founder Jack Thomas Dies at 87

Friends and colleagues remember a force in publishing and a mentor to many

John C. "Jack" Thomas, one of Adweek's three co-founders—along with Ken Fadner and Penn Tudor—passed away Thursday night in New York of complications from pneumonia. He was 87. Thomas, whom former…

Remembering the 'Guerrilla Satirist' Who Inspired Ad Creatives and Weird Al Yankovic

Stan Freberg died Tuesday at 88

Stan Freberg, whose freewheeling comic career in advertising garnered him worldwide acclaim and whose satirical entertainment abounded on TV, the radio and vinyl records, has died. He was 88. Freberg died…

Ben Bradlee, America's Most Iconic Newspaper Editor, Dies at 93

Oversaw The Washington Post's Watergate coverage

He became the face, voice and spirit of tough-talking, detail-obsessed newspaper editors when his team's coverage took down a president, and Ben Bradlee's legacy is sure to live on among…

Terrie Hall, Star of the CDC's Anti-Smoking Ad Campaign, Dies at 53

'A public health hero'

Terrie Hall, who starred in Arnold's brutal national anti-smoking campaign for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, died this week in North Carolina. The image of Hall hiding the…

Georgia Man's Colorful Obituary Is Hilarious, Heartwarming and Surely Not All True

The late, great William Freddie McCullough

He was a lover of women—women like "Crazy Pam" and "Big Tittie Wanda." He "hated vegetables and hypocrites." He was "great at growing fruit trees, grilling chicken and ribs, popping…