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CEDAR RAPIDS — Longtime Cedar Rapids advertising and public relations executive Bill Munsell died earlier this month, at age 96, in Englewood, Fla.
The Boone native joined W.D. Lyon Co. in 1962.
By the 1970s and 1980s, the agency — by then named Creswell, Munsell, Fultz and Zirbel — with Munsell at its head, had become known for representing the agriculture services sector and was deemed “Madison Avenue in a cornfield,“ according to Greg Michel, in a 2003 post on AgriMarketing’s website. Michel, a Des Moines marketing consultant, worked for CMFZ for 17 years.
Among other civic activities — including raising funds for the Episcopal Church in Cedar Rapids and in Boca Grande, Fla. — Munsell helped lead the campaign to designate Cedar Rapids as “the City of Five Seasons” and was co-chair for the design of the 61-foot steel sculpture, “Tree of Five Seasons,” that now stands near the First Avenue Bridge in downtown Cedar Rapids.
The sculpture was dedicated in 1996.
Services will be announced by the family.