Curvin Gingrich O'Rielly Jr.

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Curvin Gingrich O'Rielly Jr., of Saratoga Springs, New York, died peacefully on August 3, 2012, following a short but courageous battle with cancer.
Curvin was born the son of Curvin G. O'Rielly and Marcella Olson O'Rielly on December 14, 1941, in Barberton, Ohio. He was raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where he attended Washington High School and Augustana College. He then enlisted in the Armywhere he became a reporter and writer in Europe. This began his writing career. He left Sioux Falls for Minneapolis where he began his career in the advertising business. He then moved on to Chicago and then New York where his talents were fully recognized and his career established. In the words of one of his former colleagues, "Curvin was a writer's writer, a thinker's thinker and a tireless student of the business. His resume tells much of the story. The brands were big: Coke, BMW, Gallo. Those he worked with were big as well: Ogilvy, Riney, Puris, Ammirati, Ally, Gargano. Curvin started agencies, ran mid-sized shops and sat atop one of the world's largest creative departments. This gave him a perspective few in our industry can claim."He won awards in virtually every advertising competition imaginable.
He was an avid reader and writer and a brilliant thinker. He also had a great sense of humor. His recent blog, "Ace of Admen" (a title bestowed on him by Phil Dougherty, the esteemed New York Times ad columnist) was written with his typical wit and insights, and already had an enthusiastic following.
Not only was he a smart man but he was a loving and kind man, too. His colleagues remember the lessons he taught them and the wisdom he imparted. His family remembers his goofy side and the love that he had for all of them. Survivors include his loving partner, Barbara Michelson of New York, NY, his sister, Kate O'Rielly of Lake Oswego, OR, his ex-wife, Lois Kramer-Metraux of Old Greenwich, CT,his children, MaryAnn Waring (Dave Sculley) of Newburyport, MA, Kirstin O'Rielly Drabek (Darren) of Saratoga Springs, NY, Curvin Gingrich "C.G." O'Rielly III of Norwalk, CT, Erin O'Rielly of San Francisco, CA, and his four grandchildren, Tristan, Elizabeth, Charlotte and Teddy. The family would like to thank Saratoga Hospital, Gentiva Health Services, Community Hospice of Saratoga, and Mary's Haven for the amazing and loving care that they gave to Curvin during the last few months of his life. A memorial service will be held this December in New York City. Contributions can be made in his name to Mary's Haven, 35 New Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Services are under the direction of Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online condolences can be made at

Published in GreenwichTime on Aug. 7, 2012
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