Harry L. Merrick, Jr.
Harry L. Merrick, Jr., 79, of Potomac a retired advertising executive, died of cancer Oct. 13, 2010, in Sibley Hospital, Washington, D.C.
Born Feb. 8, 1931, in Washington, D.C., he was the husband of Katharine E. Thomas for 59 years.
Mr. Merrick was a 1949 graduate of Coolidge High School and graduated from the University of Maryland in 1953. He served two years in the U.S. Air Force before coming to work full time at his father's advertising agency, Kal, Ehrlich and Merrick, in 1955. He eventually became president and partner of Kal-Merrick-Salan.
One of Mr. Merrick's most noteworthy marketing accomplishments was being part of the team that created Ronald McDonald. He retired in 1990 and continued to provide advertising services to a small number of clients.
Mr. Merrick was a past president of The Kiwanis Club of Washington, D.C., and an avid golfer and served on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army.
Survivors in addition to his wife include two children, Harry L. Merrick IV of Annapolis and Margaret Ann "Peggy" Ristorcelli of Gardinerville, Nev.; and three grandchildren.
Burial was private.