AC&R Co-Founder Rose Dies at 77

NEW YORK Stephen Rose, co-founder and former chief executive officer of AC&R Advertising in New York, died Sept. 30 in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. He was 77.

Rose partnered with Alvin Chereskin to found AC&R in 1967, just a year before Bates acquired the company. Among the agency’s clients were Estee Lauder, Seiko and Foot Locker. He served as that agency’s CEO from 1972 through his retirement in 1991.

During his career, Rose also headed Bates International during the 1970s and ’80s. In 1986, after Saatchi & Saatchi acquired Bates, Rose took the post of president, domestic subsidiaries of Saatchi & Saatchi.

His wife, Margitta; two sons, John and Daniel; and four grandchildren survive him.

A memorial service will be held Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. at Cafe des Artistes, 1 West 67th St., New York.