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Paul C. Harper Jr.


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Paul C. Harper Jr. Obituary


Paul C. Harper, Jr., former Chairman of Needham Harper Worldwide advertising agency, died on Saturday, December 7th, of complications from pneumonia. He was 92 years old. Mr. Harper was born in Coblenz, Germany on December 16, 1920 where his father and mother, Paul C. Harper and Anne-Lindsay White, were stationed in the American occupation forces. Upon completion of his service, his father moved the family to Evanston, Illinois where Mr. Harper was raised. He graduated with Yale University's class of 1942 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving in Saipan and Iwo Jima as an artillery Captain. He was awarded the Bronze Star and was later promoted to Major. Over the course of his life, Mr. Harper developed a passion for the arts. While serving as Chairman for Needham Harper Worldwide, he also served on the board of The Vermont Studio, The Museum of Modern Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The New School, and later he served as chairman of the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. He and his wife, Eleanor, established fellowships at both the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and The Vermont Studio to encourage aspiring artists. Upon his retirement to Lyme, Connecticut, he pursued his lifelong passion of painting. His landscapes reflected his deep love of nature. He was an avid hiker and canoeist, and often disappeared into the woods for hours at a time with his easel and paints. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Eleanor Emery Harper, his six children, Diana, Jessica, William, Lindsay, Charles and Sam, 14 grand children and 4 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:00PM at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Road in Old Lyme. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Harper's name to The Vermont Studio, P.O. Box 613, Johnson, VT 05656. To share a memory of Mr. Harper or send a condolence to his family please visit www.rwwfh.com . Arrangements by the Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home in Centerbrook.


Published in The Hartford Courant on Dec. 11, 2013
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