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In Memoriam: Doug Sandland by Frank Gaffney


In Memoriam: Doug Sandland by Frank Gaffney


Doug Sandland died March 17, 2015. He was a PSGNA Member for 61 years. 
I am not sure when Doug moved up to Vancouver, Canada, but over the last several years he would call me to catch up on PSGNA and we would swap stories about our days in advertising. He occasionally would come down to attend meetings, events or send me something to put in the PSGNA newsletter.

Doug is a graduate of The Art Center School (now College) in Los Angeles. At Art Center he majored in Advertising Design & minored in Fine Art & Illustration. Previous to that, he spent three and a half years studying at The Burnley School of Art in Seattle. His professional career began at Botsford, Constantine & Gardner upon his return to Seattle. In 30 years his titles have ranged from Junior Art Director to V.P. Creative Director at a number of advertising agencies including Cole & Weber in Seattle; Norman Lowe & Assoc. in Toronto; and O'Brien, McKim, & Baker Lovick agencies in Vancouver. While at Cole & Weber, Doug spent three years teaching Advanced Advertising Design part time at The Burnley School. "I love teaching and some day I'll return to it," he said at the time.

Doug has created award-winning campaigns in many categories including financial services, packaged goods, airlines, apparel, real estate, and the hotel and travel industry. He was Senior Art Director/Creative Director on Western International Hotels for twelve years, creating advertising for its properties in Mexico, USA, Canada and the Far East. His account experience in Canada includes work on Tourism BC, Chevron (was partner with writer John MacPherson in creating the "Your Town Pump" TV spots that ran for many years), CP air, A&W, and B.C. Tel with both Mckim & Baker Lovick.

In 1990, sensing the opportune time for a freelance creative resource in that economic climate, Doug opened Doug Sandland Creative Inc. where he has developed a number of longterm clients. He also produces illustrations and storyboards for the television commercial and film industries.

In his spare time, he took commissions for portraits and paintings.

-Frank Gaffney

For more information about Doug's Service on Saturday, April 11th, please visit the Seattle Times Obituaries: