- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 16, 2006

Garrett Sanderson Jr., an advertising agency executive, died Oct. 17 at Manor Care Nursing Home in Potomac of complications due to diabetes and heart conditions. He was 77.

Mr. Sanderson graduated in 1951 from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and served in the Air Force in Korea. He received a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 1955.

He was his West Point class vice president and a member of the executive committee from 1980 to 1990. He also was chairman of his class’ 30th and 35th reunions held at West Point.

In 1963, Mr. Sanderson came to the District from New York City to start an advertising agency with an Air Force colleague. For more than 30 years, Stackig, Sanderson & White specialized in high-tech, defense and aerospace clients.

During the 1970s and 1980s, it was the second-largest advertising, promotion and public relations agency in the area. The agency’s clients included Martin Marietta, Lockheed, BDM, C-3, Boeing, Daimler-Benz.

Mr. Sanderson became chairman of the agency in 1984 and retired in 1992, a few months shy of 30 years with the firm.

Mr. Sanderson moved to Potomac in 1970. He met his wife, Ginny Daly, in April 1976 when she applied for a job at his agency. “I fell in love with her at our first meeting while pretending to read her entire portfolio,” Mr. Sanderson said. He didn’t hire her, however. The couple married in 1982.

The couple bred chocolate Labrador retrievers, and Mr. Sanderson owned horses “just to look at them out the window.” He enjoyed spending time at Rehoboth Beach, Del., and was a member of the Henlopen Acres Beach Club and the American Legion and VFW of Rehoboth Beach.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Sanderson is survived by two sons, Garrett Sanderson III of Moraga, Calif., and James Murray Sanderson of Selbyville, Del.; and a daughter, Julia Taylor Sanderson of Bethesda. His first marriage to Litta Williams ended in divorce in 1969.

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