CEDAR RAPIDS - From the Cedar Rapids Gazette and other sources.
Dick Damrow, a Cedar Rapids marketing consultant respected widely in the industry is mourned this week after dying from injuries suffered in a fall. Damrow 60, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Damrow, was the founder of a Cedar Rapids consulting firm—Contract Marketing Resources, Business Propellers. He served as vice president for marketing resources at Stamats Higher Education Marketing in Cedar Rapids. Dick was a good friend and mentor to me, as he was to so many people in the industry.
During a 30-year career, Damrow worked with some 150 national brands at major advertising agencies, including such names as Harley-Davidson and McDonald's. At Stamats, he contributed to an expansion into brand marketing. More recently, he consulted directly with colleges and universities on marketing strategies.
Damrow's knack for networking and mentoring left a permanent impression on many people who knew him.
"He took young people under his wing and loved to mentor people, sort of help them find their niche or he networked to find them a job," said Mary Jen Bear, Damrow's wife of the last 13-1/2 years. A Facebook group set up in Damrow's honor bore witness to his influence.
"Many people in the Cedar Rapids advertising community owe their careers to him," wrote Judy Baldwin, a Stamats colleague. "He was one of the community's most decent leaders, connectors and mentors, and a truly great guy."
Stamats CEO Guy Wendler, who created the Facebook group, posted a final thank-you to Damrow. "You're now with the ultimate creative director," he wrote.His network of friends, business associates, and family was immense. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at New Covenant Bible Church. Friends may call at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories from 5 to 8 tonight.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Jen Bear; a daughter, Debbie Damrow of Hastings, Neb.; four sons, Scott and wife Tracy of Omaha, Neb., Andy and wife Sara of Seoul, South Korea, Anthony and Adam, both of Des Moines; his father, Don of Lexington, Neb.; a sister, Linda Slothower (Gordon) of Springdale, Ark.; brothers, Dennis (Sherry), of Johnson Lake, Neb., and Marty (Jody) of Holdrege, Neb.; and Mary Jen's children, Erik (Cindy) Bear and Rhet (Miranda) Bear. He is also survived by grandchildren, Cody, Bryce and Simon Damrow, Alex, Mason, Olivia, Honorae, Grant, Rae and Makenna.
Dick was born Feb. 18, 1949, in Holdrege, Neb., to Don and June Damrow. He was a graduate of Holdrege High School and Hastings College, both in Nebraska. He loved to travel with Mary Jen. They enjoyed working in their yard and spending quiet times in the hammock. He was so proud of his children and delighted in time spent with his grandchildren. His work was demanding and rewarding to him, especially when he was mentoring an entrepreneur in a new business start up. He was always seeking to connect individuals and groups in his network that would benefit by knowing each other.
At the time of his death, Dick was vice president for Marketing Resources, Stamats Communications and was "captain" of Contract Marketing Resources, Business Propellers, his marketing consulting firm. During his 30 plus year career in advertising and marketing communications, he had worked with more than 150 national brands and more than 50 Fortune 500 companies. He was executive vice president of Carmichael Lynch Advertising Agency in Minneapolis before moving to Cedar Rapids in 1992 when he was recruited by Young & Rubican Global Advertising Network. Dick was a Certified Business Communicator (CBC), a Certified Professional Consultant (CPC), a former Midwest Direct Marketer of the Year, faculty member of the American Association of Advertising Agencies Advanced Advertising Institute, and was named to the Cedar Rapids Advertising Federation Hall of Fame in 2002.
Per Dick's request as a tissue donor he'll be able to help more than 100 people, one more way that Dick continues to give to others. The memorial funds are New Covenant Bible Church, where Dick was an active member, the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, and Theatre Cedar Rapids. He was on the board of each of the latter and passionate about their revitalization after the devastation of the floods of 2008. Dick was a man of great faith and lived his life as a servant of Christ.
Please leave a message or tribute to the Damrow family on the Web page, www.cedarmemorial.com under obituaries.
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