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Henry W. McIver, Jr., 96

Henry (“Hank”) Walker McIver, Jr., a Westport resident for 25 years, died June 29 in Rochester, New York. He was 96.

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Hank McIver: former Westporter. Contributed photo

He grew up in Rochester and attended the Mechanics Institute (presently RIT) as an art student. 

In 1942, he joined the U.S. Army, serving in North Africa and Italy with the 5th Army Signal Corps unit attached to the 2nd Moroccan Infantry Division, and later with the French Corps.

Returning to the United States, he attended Pratt Institute on the GI Bill.  It was there that he met his future wife, Joan Smith, who survives him after 69 years of marriage.

As a Connecticut resident of Norwalk, Easton and Westport, Hank initially worked in New York City as an art director. Among the agencies he worked for were Cunningham & Walsh and Foote, Cone & Belding.

In Westport, Hank created the art department of the Marketing Corporation of America, later retiring as vice president of creative services. 

In retirement, Hank was an active member of the Y’s Men of Westport, serving as illustrator and cartoonist for their newspaper, singing in the Hoot Owls, and playing table and platform tennis.

Surviving him are his wife, Joan; daughters, Cary and Barbara, of Rochester; daughter, Peggy, of Pasadena. California; son, Tom, of Olmsted Falls, Ohio; and six grandchildren and a great-grandson. 

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. John’s Foundation, 150 Highland Ave., Rochester, NY 14620.

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