Harry Jacobs1928 - 2016

Harry M. Jacobs, Jr., Chairman Emeritus, creative leader and inspiration to hundreds of colleagues and friends, died Sunday, May 29, 2016.

His extraordinary life took him from the little town of New Bern, North Carolina to the Advertising Hall of Fame. He became the doyen of modern advertising in the Southeast and the long list of his protégés includes some of the most notable talents in the last half-century: Hughes, Westbrook, Alexander, Torchia, Tench, DiSesa, Doyle, Vaughn, Sullivan, Ashby, Helm; the list goes on.

More important was the character of the man. His standards were impeccable, his integrity unassailable. Behind the occasionally stern countenance was a great, kind heart and a well of courtesy that won him his greatest title, True Gentleman.

His heart inhabits the halls of our offices and the work we do, and that work is enlivened by his example, to which we aspire every day.

Godspeed, dear friend.

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1969 – Ad based on the insight that women bought 85% of men’s underwear at the time (Cargill, Wilson & Acree).
1970s – Recruitment poster to actively draw creative talent outside of NY and to promote the first “Outside of New York” creative conference Harry established in order to bring recognition to the south.
1978 – Ad for Virginia Electric and Power Company, dispelling myths surrounding nuclear power. This, along with "Click," were two of Harry's favorite ads.
1978 – Centennial celebration of Harry’s Alma Mater
1978 – Ad featuring a previous project manager’s daughter
1989 – Harry was a trustee at the all-male boarding school.
1980 – First of two ads for the North Carolina-based production company. We worked with the company frequently during the 80’s.
1980 – Second of two print ads for the North Carolina-based production company. We worked with the company frequently during the 80’s.
1980 – Double-truck newspaper ad for Virginia Electric and Power Company, dispelling myths surrounding nuclear power. This, along with “BOO,” were two of Harry’s favorite ads.
1986 – Harry’s favorite for General Motors' Electro-Motive Division (EMD).
1992– Harry’s favorite for Mercedes.
1996 – Poster for the Annual Jazz Showcase in Harry’s hometown of New Bern, NC. The design is still being used today.
1997 – Print ad for New Bern, NC’s class of ’47 fiftieth reunion. Harry is sixth from the left on the front row.
1996 – Harry in his office in the Shenandoah office building
1961 – Harry, an Associate Creative Director, in his office at Cargill, Wilson & Acree
2010 – Harry at his induction into the VCU Brandcenter’s Wall of Fame
1977 – Harry joins The Martin Agency as President and Chief Creative Officer and brings on Mike Hughes as a writer and co-creative director.
1995 – Mike Hughes, Harry and agency CEO John Adams
2004 – Paul McKee, John Adams, Harry, Mike Hughes and Hal Tench at Harry’s induction into the AAF Hall of Fame
1964 – Partner Ed Acree, Harry and Account Executive William Downs at Cargill, Wilson & Acree
2010 – Harry and Mike Hughes at the One Show Hall of Fame dinner
2010 – John Adams, David Martin, Harry and Mike Hughes at Harry’s induction into the VCU Brandcenter’s Wall of Fame
1978 – The Martin Agency hits the $10 million billings mark with the addition of Mobil Chemical Company (now part of ExxonMobil). Client Clifton Long, agency founder David Martin and Harry.
1983 – Mike Hughes and Harry
2010 – Harry’s plaque at VCU Brandcenter’s Wall of Fame