ISBA CONFERENCE: Golden-era CDP art director, Arthur Parsons, dies at 67

Arthur Parsons, an art director during the golden years of Collett Dickenson Pearce, died on Wednesday, 25 February following a long illness.

Arthur Parsons, an art director during the golden years of Collett

Dickenson Pearce, died on Wednesday, 25 February following a long

illness.



Parsons, 67, was buried last Thursday and leaves a wife and two

children.



There follows an appreciation by John Salmon, the president of CDP.



’I was introduced to Arthur by Colin Millward when I joined CDP in

1967.



Colin made us creative group supervisors and gave us a bunch of people

to supervise. He and I were a perfect match. We worked together all the

time that I was producing ads and we became firm friends.



’Within a couple of years, our group contained half of the people in the

creative department at CDP. Arthur produced some of the greatest print

and TV campaigns to come out of the agency, including Army Officer

recruitment, Harveys Bristol Cream, Hamlet and Benson & Hedges.



’Arthur had been at CDP from the beginning and grew with it. He won

countless awards and, in 1979, was elected president of the D&AD.



’Somehow he found time for his other interests. He was a student of

military history and the history of aircraft. He made exquisite models.

He was a talented drummer, a brilliant photographer and, when he retired

more than 15 year ago, he revealed an astonishing talent for painting

watercolours.



He will be greatly missed.’