Richard Earle Eskilson ’45

Richard Earle Eskilson ’45 died on October 8, 2004, in Falmouth, Maine.

Born in June 20, 1923, in Portland, he prepared for college at Portland High School and attended Portland Junior College for a year before entering Bowdoin in 1942 as a member of the sophomore class, becoming a member of Zeta Psi Fraternity. During World War II, he left the College for more than a year to work at the New England Shipbuilding Corporation in South Portland, returning in the fall of 1944. In June of 1946, he graduated cum laude as a member of the Class of 1945 and became an advertising manager with Porteous, Mitchell, and Braun in Portland. In 1948, he became manager of direct advertising with L. Bamberger and Company’s store in Newark, NJ. He moved to New York City in 1949 and was successively a copywriter with Doyle, Dane, Bernbach Advertising, a copy supervisor with Ted Bates Advertising, and copy chief with MacManus, John and Adams Advertising. He was vice president and creative supervisor with Dodge & Delano Advertising from 1966 to 1969 and then successively creative director with Al Paul Lefton Advertising and Conahay & Lyon Advertising in New York. He moved to Florida and before retiring operated his own advertising firm, Seigerman Eskilson Advertising, Inc., in Sarasota. He returned to Maine in 2002. His partner for many years, Andy Leto, died in 1998. Surviving are a sister, Jeanne Eskilson Smaha of Portland; and a brother, Peter Eskilson of Windham.