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40-Year Ogilvy Vet Norman Berry Passes Away

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How this flew under the radar we’re not sure, but last week, longtime Ogilvy creative head Norman Berry passed away. After serving as creative director at Y&R, Berry co-founded what became Davidson Pearce Berry and Spottiswoode in 1964. The agency was eventually acquired Ogilvy & Mather in 1971 and by the end of the decade, Norman headed to New York, became Creative Head of O&M in 1980 and eventually was promoted to president-creative of the worldwide agency in 1987. Though he resigned from his post in 1989, Berry stayed on as a consultant and contributor to key Ogilvy clients and offices.

In his personal tribute to Berry, whose wisdom we shared with you just last year, former Ogilvy creative director Richard Fowler called him “totally fearless.” He adds, “Norman was born to be in advertising. He and his brother were photographed as young boys in their white shirts sailing a boat on a pond for an early Persil ‘Mums’ ad. His father was creative director for Lever Brothers.”

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