Craig Markus Death – New York City resident and Chief Creative Officer at Proof Advertising Craig Markus has passed away sadly. He was announced dead through a social media publication made on Tuesday, August 8th, 2023, that says “Craig Markus my dear friend, you are now closer to your beloved stars. I’ll never forget your kindness and your infectious love of space. Will never forget your call from Cape Cañaveral to share that experience. And what a devoted Dad you were. You’ll be so missed. RIP”
What was Craig Markus’ cause of death?
According to a statement released by Proof Advertising, Craig had been in the hospital for several weeks battling what was eventually diagnosed as Guillain-Barré syndrome and its many complications. He had just been moved into an acute physical therapy practice at Mount Sinai and was very hopeful that he would be back in action in a very short number of weeks. After his first day of therapy, he developed some new complications and passed, Proof Advertising announced.
Who was Craig Markus?
Craig started as a studio artist in 1986 setting type and doing marker comps by hand. His career spanned Ogilvy, Deutsch, DMB&B, and Cramer-Krasselt, making an impact at each stop. His longest stint was at McCann-Erickson. There he touched almost every important client on the roster, was named Creative Director of the Year several times, launched Tag Ideation focusing on young adult audiences, and led the US Army account with the impactful Army Strong campaign.
Bryan Christian said it took him three tries and several years to convince Craig to join Proof Advertising, but his kids and relationships in New York were always the reason he said no. Once they committed to virtual working, he was finally able to get him on board. And it has been a wonderful journey for these past 3 years. Craig brought a joyful and passionate spirit to work each day. He was a great boss to his teams, a great co-worker to all at Proof, and a great friend and mentor for him.
About Craig Markus
Craig also found time to teach young creatives at the Fashion Institute of Technology in his spare time. One of Craig’s last decisions before going into the hospital was to promote Claire Jordan to Executive Creative Director. He was so excited to be able to reward her talents and efforts in that way. Craig was first and foremost a proud dad to two remarkable young men. They were his number one priority and his greatest creation.
He obtained a BA in Communications from UCLA from 1982 to 1986 and also obtained a BA in Advertising Design at the ArtCenter College of Design from 1988 to 1991. He attended the Berlin School of Creative Leadership from 2008 to 2009. He was a studio Artist from Abert, Newhoff, and Burr from 1986 to 1988 and an Adjunct Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. He was the Founder and Creative Director of Rage, Grace & Partners in Brooklyn.
Craig Markus’ obituary and funeral arrangements will be released by the family at a later date.
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