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Mary Joan Glynn

MARY JOAN GLYNN - Longtime Greenwich resident Mary Joan Glynn, died Sunday Jan. 21, 2007 at Nathaniel Witherell nursing home.

She was 85 years old.

Ms. Glynn was born Mary Joan Finley on Sept. 10, 1921 in Brooklyn, New York to Marion Tracey and John Finley. She grew up in the Park Slope section.

After graduating from Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y., she began her career in the fashion business in the late 1940s, first as an executive trainee at B. Altman and then as a stylist for Simplicity Pattern Company.

Afterward, she was a market editor for Tobe Associates and merchandising editor of Glamour Magazine.

She was with the Doyle Dane and Bernbach advertising agency for 17 years, rising to the position of vice president. She was the head of product development and the fashion group there.

At Doyle Dane, the New York Times wrote in 1979 that Glynn "instigated a quite revolution in airlines stewardesses' uniforms for American Airlines, a wardrobe concept that allowed stewardesses to interchange separate items of clothing."

The concept was widely copied.

Later, Glynn would design outfits for the National Park Service.

She moved to Bloomingdales in 1971, where Mrs. Glynn was vice president of communications.

During her first stint at Bloomingdales, Ms.Glynn was best known for spearheading a number of very successful country promotions (i.e. features the products of France, Ireland and China, to name a few). She also helped create Bloomie's redesign in 1972,including the well-known logo with Masimo Vignelli (with the looped 'o' ) which she dubbed "bloomingtype" and the eponymous "Brown Paper Bag".

She left in 1974, briefly serving as senior president of Esquire Magazine before moving to the Wells Rich Greene advertising agency, where she was vice president of marketing.

She also served as a corporate vice president at Revlon, overseeing the Princess Marcella Borghese line of cosmetics.

In 1975, she returned to Simplicity Pattern, as president of the company.

Then, in 1979, she went back to Bloomingdale's as vice president of marketing, where she remained until 1986.

That year, she joined BBDO International as a senior vice president and managing director of the BBDO Merchants Group.

In 1987, Mrs. Glynn received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y where she became a Trustee.

She served as a Trustee for Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, CT and was a director and boar member of the Fashion Institute of Technology.

She also served on the board of the Girl Scout Council of New York.

Ms. Glynn also served as a director for Armstrong World Industries for many years and also served on the board of Lipton's Inc. in Canada.

She had also served on the corporate development board at Lincoln Center.

In 1982, Stonehill College in Easton, Mass. opened the Mary Joan Glynn Irish Studies Library.

Separate from the main library, the Glynn Library holds a collection of modern Irish literature and periodical literature as well as a unique set of busts of major Irish literary figures by Majorie Fitzgibbon.

Ms. Glynn was a member of the Belle Haven Club in Greenwich, where she and her family moved to in 1972 from Larchmont, N.Y.

She was married to Joseph Eugene Glynn, a public relations executive; they divorced in 1973.

Ms. Glynn is survived by her four children, Mary Kate, Joseph Michael, Mary Ann and John Anthony, as well as three grandchildren, Mary Margaret, Daniel Patrick and Erin Leigh.

The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations can made in Ms. Glynn's name to Manhattanville College.
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