Obituary: Pieter L. Verbeck, 79, formerly of Darien

Pieter Lighthall Verbeck, 79, of Chestertown, MD, passed away peacefully at home on May 21st.

He is survived by his wife, of 55 years, Linda, a daughter, Millie Spilman (John) of Baltimore, a son, Tony Verbeck (Emily) of Doylestown, PA, a sister, Ann Schenck (Tim) of Wilmington, DE and five grandchildren.

Pieter and Linda lived in Darien, CT for 38 years, before retiring to Chestertown, MD in 2010.

Pieter was born on August 28, 1938 in Syracuse, to Karl and Mary Lighthall Verbeck. He spent his childhood in Syracuse and went on to attend Syracuse University, graduating in 1961. He moved to New York, where he began a 40 year career in advertising.

After a short stint at McCann Erickson, he moved to Young and Rubicam, where he learned how to be a copywriter. He then joined Ogilvy and Mather in 1967 where he became a Creative Director. He created iconic ads and slogans, some of which are still in use today. He won a Clio Award for his work on Nationwide Insurance and the David Ogilvy Award for an ad for Cunard. He often said he had the best job in New York.

Pieter had a wonderful sense of humor — always quick with the perfect joke or one-liner to keep friends and family smiling and laughing. He was also a gifted writer and speaker, who was always hungry for knowledge. He could mimic any dialect in the world and spin a great yarn. Peter when to heaven wearing his yellow socks. He will be sorely missed.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, June 18, 2018 at 11:00 a.m., at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Chestertown, MD.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Pieter’s memory to: Alzheimer’s Disease Research, 22521 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, MD 20871.

Arrangements by: Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, Chestertown, MD. Online condolences may be sent to the family at