Ira Sturtevant
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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.

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Published in New York Times on Aug. 24, 2008.
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August 25, 2008
Dear Meg, we were very saddened to hear about Ira. I have a lot of nice memories of our long lunches together when we were both at Foote, Cone. He taught me a lot about food,for which I am very grateful. Our condolences to you, along with our best wishes.Laura and Herb Ripin.
Herbert Ripin
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