Andrew D. “Andy” Dumaine, a Baltimore advertising executive who later founded Shrinkingfootprint, a communications firm focused on tourism and sustainability, died July 26 from a seizure at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson.
The Cedarcroft resident was 55.
According to his wife of 19 years, Cristina Creager, Mr. Dumaine was still recuperating from a 2014 brain surgery at the time of his death.
“To say that Andy was engaged, caring, loving and a gentle human being is just touching the surface,” said longtime friend Frank Sesno, a former CNN anchor and Washington bureau chief who is now director of the George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs.
“He was a lovely, thoughtful person who would speak what he felt and lived what he believed,” Mr. Sesno said. “He believed in sustainability issues, and believed that we were capable of making a better planet. He was impressive. He was inspiring.”
“He was a creative genius and so witty and well-read, and that’s when he was in his 20s,” said Pandora Brown Todd, retired marketing director for National Geographic, who remains a freelance consultant for the magazine and its sister publication, National Geographic Traveler.
“Andy was just an amazing person and a powerhouse in the advertising world of Baltimore,” said Ross Peddicord, a former Baltimore Sun racing editor who is now executive director of the Maryland Horse Industry Board.
The son of Robert T. Dumaine, a U.S. foreign service officer, and Libbie C. Dumaine, a homemaker, Andrew David Dumaine was born in Frankfurt, Germany. Because of the nature of his father’s work, he spent his formative years in Germany, Taiwan, Russia and Austria.
He attended the American International School in Vienna and graduated from Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda.
After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in 1983 in media and journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he began his advertising career as a copywriter at DDB Needham World Wide in McLean, Va.
Within two years he was promoted by DDB Needham World Wide to vice president.
While working at the agency, he met and fell in love with Ms. Creager, whom he married in 1998. Together, they won multiple industry awards including London International Awards, local and national ADDYs and Cleo awards.