GREENWICH-Mark Brooks Bollman, Jr. of Greenwich, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at Stamford Hospital.
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Born on Aug. 24, 1925, Mr. Bollman was the son of the late Mark and Esther Bollman of Meriden. After graduating from Meriden High School, Mr. Bollman served in the U.S. Army in World War II and received the Purple Heart award. He graduated with honors from Princeton University in 1949, and from Harvard Business School in 1951. Mr. Bollman had a career in advertising AND marketing beginning at McCann Erickson in 1951, and retiring from N.W. Ayer in 1995. He managed advertising agencies in Atlanta and Johannesburg, South Africa. After retiring Mr. Bollman ran his own public relations firm, M&B Communications, for five years. His optimism and good humor endeared him to everyone and saw him gracefully through life. His warm smile said "welcome, how are you" before he ever uttered the words.
Mr. Bollman is survived by Barbara, the love of his life and his wife of 63 years. He is also survived by his three sons, M. Brooks Bollman III, of Atlanta and his partner, Roseli Ribeiro, Dick Bollman, of Darien and his wife, Jean Ann, and Steve Bollman, of Fairfield and his wife, Sarah; and by his seven beloved grandchildren, Robert, Laura, Kevin, Mark IV, Emily, Claire, and Jesmond. He is also survived by his sister, Harriet Bollman Oman, and her husband, Robert Oman, of Lebanon, N.H.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is planned at Christ Church in Greenwich for Saturday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Princeton University, Scholarship Fund of the class of 1947, Alumni & Gift Records, P.O. Box 5357, Princeton, NJ 08543-5357, or to Christ Church Memorial Fund, designated for the music program, c/o Jean Tredinnick, 254 E. Putnam Ave., Greenwich, CT 06830.
Published in The Record-Journal on Sept. 20, 2013