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.