Paul Rogers Dooling died peacefully on May 26, 2017, after a lengthy illness.
Born in Boston in 1932 to Pauline and James Dooling, he lived in Milton, Massachusetts until his family moved to New York City in 1943. Paulgraduated from Regis High School and, in 1953, from St. Michael’s College of the University of Toronto.
His interest in marketing and advertising was launched with summer employment for the Planters Peanut Company as he traversed Canada from coast to coast performing as Mr. Peanut. For those who knew Paul and appreciated his humor, those were his “glory days.”
After serving in the U.S. Army, he returned to New York City and joined Lever Brothers, and later the William Esty Advertising Agency from which he retired in 1984 after ten years as president. In the business world, he was an early advocate of hiring women to assist in the development and promotion of consumer products.
His restless spirit and far-ranging interests prompted his purchase of Windfall Pond(“an Irishman’s dream”) and a relocation to the Adirondacks. His was a hands-on approach to stewardship of the land he had acquired, and he worked closely with the state Department of Conservation and the Adirondack Chapter of the Nature Conservancy to protect its heritage strain of brook trout and to ensure that the property would be forever preserved.
His early years living in Lake Placid led to the construction of Pine Hill Townhomes designed, as quoted in The Lake Placid News, “for people who live and work in the area.” His desire to help others was realized in many ways. He was a quiet philanthropist. His intellect, his wit, and his skill as a conversationalist will be missed.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Sandra Danussi; his son James and his wife Sally Milliken of Byfield, Massachusetts; and his daughter Christine Rupp and her husband Brent of Rye, New York. Other survivors are his sisters Anne Dooling Clarke of Danville, Kentucky, Elizabeth C. Dooling, M.D., of Boston, Margot D. Houghton of New York City, and Katharine R. Dooling of Kaneohe, Hawaii; his cherished grandchildren Tyler, Elizabeth, Eben and Phoebe Dooling, and William, Charles and Lila Rupp; two nieces and 11 nephews; several grand nieces and nephews; two sisters-in-law: Patricia Rubado and her husband Gerald of Massena, and Nancy Kaska of Merrill; brother-in-law Gregory Danussi and his wife Kalma of Merrill; and many cousins.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on June 10 at St. Ignatius Loyola in New York City.
Contributions in Paul’s memory may be made to the Adirondack Land Trust, the Educational Opportunity Fund at Lake Placid Central School, the Lake Placid Sinfonietta or a favorite charity.