John McCormick, who founded the agency which became the London
office of Publicis, has died at the age of 74. His death on Monday
followed heart surgery at the Papworth hospital in Cambridge.
A Boston-born American, McCormick, a former international marketing
director for BBDO in the UK, was a co-founder of McCormick Richards in
1972, which he turned into one of Britain’s fastest-growing shops. It
became the London arm of the Publicis network in 1978 and McCormick
served as UK chairman before going on to run the Mallet McCormick
agency, which was partly owned by Publicis.
His funeral will take place on Monday at 2pm in the parish church of
McCormick’s home village of Dunwich, Suffolk. Former colleagues are
welcome to attend.
His family have requested no flowers but donations to the Papworth
critical care unit. For more information call Mike Brugman at Publicis
on 0171-935 4426.