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Colton Givner, 81

Wed, 07/29/2020 - 18:55

Colton Givner, an advertising art director, graphic artist, and illustrator, died of emphysema at home in New York City on June 15. He was 81 and had been ill for a year. A part-time resident of East Hampton since 1979, among his accomplishments was the design of the logo for the Palm restaurant on Main Street.

Mr. Givner was born in New York City on April 26, 1939, to Joseph Givner and the former Josephine Donovan. He attended Amityville High School and earned a degree in graphic design at Pratt Institute in 1961. He served in the Army in the military police in the early 1960s in Vitry-le-Francois, France. He subsequently worked at several advertising agencies, most prominently Ogilvy & Mather and Scali, McCabe, Sloves.

He married Pamela Fiori on May 21, 1982. Ms. Fiori, who survives, is the former editor of Travel & Leisure and Town and Country magazines and the author of several books. "He was a brilliant art director," she said, "and he loved being out here."

Colt, as he was known, "was beloved by all who knew him," Ms. Fiore said, for his vivid sense of humor and "because he was kind, generous, and tender-hearted. He was, as David Ogilvy would say, 'a gentleman with brains.' To others, he was a step less posh — a mensch."

A sister, Julieanne Reppenhagen of Tucson, Ariz., also survives, as do a niece, a nephew, and many cousins.


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