Obituary: Durgin, former NBC TV president, dies

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Don Durgin, a veteran media and advertising executive, died in New York on Dec. 26 at the age of 79.

Mr. Durgin was president of NBC Television from 1965 until 1973, and was named exec VP of NBC in 1973. He left NBC in 1975 to be president of ad agency McCaffrey & McCall. Following a stint as exec VP at Dun & Bradstreet and a brief retirement, he joined Newsweek in 1988 as its vice chairman, and served in advisory roles there until 2001.

Mr. Durgin graduated from Princeton University in 1945, and, after a stint in the Army, began his media and ad career at Foote, Cone & Belding. He ran American Broadcasting Company's radio division from 1951 to 1957.

"Don was a delight in every way," wrote Newsweek Chairman and Editor In Chief Rick Smith in a memo to his staff. "His gift for storytelling-complete with a bounteous repertoire of accents-and his devilish sense of humor were surpassed only by his extraordinarily generous spirit and uncommon wisdom."

A memorial service will be held in New York City this month, although the details were unavailable at press time.

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