Graham Turpin, of Merkley Partners, Dead at 52

As Director-Print Production, He 'Helped Make the Agency What It Is Today,' Say Colleagues

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NEW YORK ( -- Just one month after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Graham Turpin, director-print production at Merkley & Partners, died Feb. 23 at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. He was 52.

Described by colleagues as an affable Brit with a broad smile and high work standards, Mr. Turpin grew up in London's East End. His father worked as a lithographer, so Mr. Turpin was literally immersed in the printing culture his entire life.

After meeting his wife, Jo, in London, Mr. Turpin worked for Doremus and McCaffrey & McCall before being one of the first hires when Merkley opened in 1993. For 15 years at the agency, he touched and signed off on every piece of print that the shop produced. He was part of the group that created the first fully-digitized production network in any advertising agency.

"Graham's passing represents a very sad time for the agency," partners Andy Hirsch, Randy Saitta and Alex Gellert wrote in an e-mail. "Graham's spirit and contributions to M&P helped make the agency what it is today and can never be matched and certainly never forgotten."
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