STURTEVANT--Ira, awardwinning advertising executive, died August 13 of lung disease. He was "84 and three quarters." A life-long New Yorker, he founded the firm Ponzi & Weill with his partner of 41 years, Meg Crane, and was previously at BBDO and Foote, Cone & Belding. He was awarded a Clio and The One Club Gold Medal among many others. He specialized in advertising for pharmaceuticals, and financial services. Ira was a consummate gentleman with a quick wit and generous spirit. He earned a BS from New York University and was a Director of the NY State Phi Beta Kappa Association. He is survived by Meg, a daughter Loren Guinnebault of Paris, grandsons Maxime and Aladin Guinnebault and innumerable friends. A celebration of his life is planned for 2pm September 14 at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, NY 10016. Donations may be made to God's Love We Deliver.
Published in New York Times on Aug. 24, 2008.