Longtime Magazine Ad Salesman Arne Gittleman Dies at 87

New Yorker Veteran Was Automotive Advertising Manager

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Longtime magazine ad executive Arne G. Gittleman died March 21 after a battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was 87. Mr. Gittleman was perhaps best-known for his work at the New Yorker, where he spent more than 36 years as automotive-advertising manager and Midwest manager. He also worked for the Milwaukee Journal and Photography Magazine, and was part of the launch of Car & Driver. Retiring in 1995 to spend more time with his family, Mr. Gittleman was a jazz aficionado and could be found at jazz clubs back in the day -- he was an avid fan of Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald.

His eldest daughter, Jane Gittleman-Poole, who followed in his footsteps and joined the ad and magazine world, said her father had a special touch with his craft.

"When I'd be on a call with Toyota or Honda and they notice my name, they'd say 'Whoa, wait a minute -- you're not related to Arne Gittleman, are you?' And I'm like, 'Yeah.' And all of a sudden the floodgates would open," Ms. Gittleman-Poole told Ad Age . "It was remarkable, his relationships out there."

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he joined the Army and became a decorated first lieutenant and navigator in World War II, earning four Battle Stars and a Distinguished Flying Cross. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. and went on to be in the first MBA graduating class at Michigan.

A devoted husband and father, Mr. Gittleman is survived by two daughters, Ms. Gittleman-Poole and Polly Wing , and grandchildren Christopher, Sarah, Chelsey and Emma.

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