Louis C. Flanagan of Berwyn died suddenly on December 20th at the age of 74. Louis graduated from St. Joseph's Prep, Graduated with a B.A. from Villanova University where he rowed for Vesper Boat Club, and received a certificate in Advertising from Charles Morris School of Advertising & Journalism. He served his country in the United States Army, Army Security Agency (ASA) which later merged with the CIA with postings in the Philippines and Thailand. He was an accomplished photographer, enjoyed going to the shooting range with his brother John, was a Civil War and WWII history buff, attended air shows, loved antique cars, hiking and walks in Valley Forge Park and various places, spending time with his family and grandchildren, and was immensely proud of his Irish and German heritage. In 1971 he established Flanagan Advertising a full service agency which specialized in Industrial Advertising. Force Industries of Paoli was the first account followed by Tarmac, Double H . Plastics, Duross Company, Keystone Helicopter, Devon Manor and many more notable accounts. Previously he worked at Schramm, Inc. and Ametek. For 34 years he retained the Pennsylvania Crusher account and received many advertising awards for his work in Iron Age, a prestigious coal industry publication. Flanagan Advertising also received many distinguished awards such as; "Best Advertisement" from Rock Products, "Award of Excellence" for "Best Read Advertisement" from Coal Age and Power Engineering, as well as "Advertising Executive of the Second Millennium" from Pennsylvania Crusher in 2001. Lou was a member of the Business and Professional Advertising Association, Philadelphia Direct Marketing Club, Second Wind Network, and Main Line Chamber of Commerce. He also sponsored an internship for a Conestoga H.S. student. He co-founded The General Wayne Tea Party and was a member of the Valley Forge Patriots. He rarely missed a Saturday at the King of Prussia Rally over the last four years and could be identified by his signature hat. He researched healthcare extensively and was frequently interviewed by members of the press. His prolific activist writing lead to frequent letters to the editor which lead to numerous publications in the national press such as the Washington Post and the NY Times. Lou was passionate about his beliefs, the Tea Party and his country. He is survived by his children Maureen Flanagan and Lyle Beckwith of Alexandria, VA, Sean Flanagan and his wife Lisa of Malvern, and Kathleen Flanagan of Philadelphia. Lou was the proud grandfather of Aidan Beckwith, Cormac, Lydia and Daylen Flanagan. He is also survived by his former wife of forty years Regina (Jeannie) and his older brother Albert (Bub) Flanagan. He was predeceased by his daughter Regina K. Flanagan. All services will be held Friday December 28, 2012 at St. Monica's Church, Main & First Ave, Berwyn, PA. Viewing from 9:15 to 10:15 am and mass from 10:30 to 11:30. Burial to follow at Westminster Cemetery at 701 Belmont Ave, Phila, PA. Reception for close family and friends at the Hilton on City Line Ave. Donations can be made to ChildFund International Philippines (formerly Christian Children's Fund), 2821 Emerywood Parkway, Richmond VA 23294 which he sponsored many children for over 34 years.
Published in Main Line Media News on Jan. 2, 2013