Robert Harry Blend, 99, of Princeton died Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Fox Trail Memory Care. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he resided on Long Island and in Westchester County, NY and Sarasota ,FL before moving to Princeton, NJ in 2010. Bob graduated from Pratt Institute as a Fine and Applied Arts Major. He received the Bronze Medal for Highest Ranking Senior in Advertising and Design.
Bob enlisted in the Marines the day after Pearl Harbor. He spent the next three and a half years in the Pacific fighting in a number of battles including Guadacanal and Iwo Jima. He left the service in September, 1945 with several decorations and the rank of sergeant.
When he returned from WW II, he married his childhood sweetheart, Emma Wieler, settled on Long Island where they raised their two daughters, Marilynn and Melinda.
Bob began his career as an Art Director on Madison Avenue. Bob retired in 1983 after a 35 year career as Creative Art Director with various advertising agencies. Over his career, he amassed many Art Director Club Awards and worked with a number of icons in the advertising community ranging from Andy Warhol to Ali McGraw. Some of his noteworthy and award winning accounts were Revlon, Wamsutta, Fortunoffs, Manischewitz, Seagrams and Patek Phillippe.
Bob was also a passionate golfer and had three holes in one over a seventy year playing career (including one at the renowned Black Course at Bethpage Golf Course).
Growing up in a hardscrabble neighborhood in Brooklyn, he developed a thirst for art, culture and travel. Some of his most cherished memories were touring museums and historical landmarks and experiencing foreign cultures throughout Europe. He passed this love of art on to hundreds of young people on Long Island where each year, he designed and created memorable theme floats for local community holiday parades.
Son of the late John William and Ida Kaufold Blend, he was predeceased by his daughter, Melinda Jean and his wife of 50 years, Emma Wieler, his wife, Thordis Marck and his brother John W. Blend Jr. Bob is survived by a daughter and son in law, Marilynn and Chip Carstensen and two grandchildren Haley Melinda Carstensen and Andrew Robert Carstensen.
A Memorial Service will be held on November 2, 2019 at 11 am at the Princeton United Methodist Church 7 Vandeventer Ave. Princeton, NJ 08542. .
Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to: