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Montgomery Nelson Mckinney ’33

Published in Nov. 8, 1995, issue

Monty McKinney died in Santa Monica, Calif., July 8, 1995. He was 85. He had a most unusual career in advertising and was still actively engaged in the business at the time of his death.

He came to Princeton from Mount Hermon, but left us to go to Oberlin, whence he graduated in 1934. He later served as a trustee of Oberlin and was awarded an honorary degree by them. Nevertheless, he felt a sufficient connection with Princeton to warrant sending in material on his career at the time of our 20th reunion. He had been working for Kitchen Art Foods in Chicago and had recently joined the advertising firm of Earle Ludgin & Co. He had also done a two-year tour as a lt. in the Navy during the war.

At the time of his death, Monty was clearly the most respected advertising executive in L.A. and had headed or helped run several of the most prominent advertising agencies. Last October he received the Distinguished Achievement Award jointly given annually by several national and local associations; these groups also established a scholarship in his name at the Art Center College of Design in L.A.

Monty did have a remarkable career and an extended one. He is survived by his wife, Virginia, four children, and five grandchildren.

The Class of 1933

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