2016-10-05 / Obituaries

Noreen O'Leary

Noreen Meigan O’Leary of Albany and Margaretville, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 after a courageous, 18-month battle with cancer.

Noreen was a reporter and editor for Adweek magazine for more than 30 years and chronicled Madison Avenue’s evolution as marketing moved from print to a digital environment.

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Noreen was born March 16, 1957 to Patrick O’Leary, a longtime Gulf Oil Co. executive, and Margaret O’Leary, a full-time homemaker. She studied graphic design at Carnegie Mellon University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree.

She began her career in journalism in the early days of The Wall Street Journal’s Europe edition, working in Brussels. She then moved to startup Investor’s Business Daily in Los Angeles before joining Adweek’s New York office in 1985.

Although she covered Madison Avenue, Noreen always view- ed advertising and media from a global perspective. Her love of all things English led her to marry tech executive Chris Garland, a native of Manchester, England, in 2000, after a transatlantic courtship.

Shortly before 9/11, they bought an old mill on the Delaware River in the Catskills and set about renovating it while maintaining its historic character. After Hurricane Irene, they were forced to redo much of the work they had done after their home was flooded. They later bought a brownstone in Albany, which they also lovingly restored.

Design, media, and travel were Noreen’s passions, along with her family, friends, and pets. An incurable news junkie, she would rise early in the morning to read the English tabloids after they became available online and to interview industry chieftains such as Sir Martin Sorrell and the late David Ogilvy. By the time many of her New York colleagues were arriving at the office, Noreen had already put in several hours of work.

Noreen is survived by her husband, Chris Garland; her three siblings, Peggy O’Leary of Chicago, Kevin O’Leary of Pittsburgh, and Patrick O’Leary of Woodbridge, VA.

Her funeral service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8 at The McVeigh Funeral Home, 208 North Allen Street, Albany. Calling hours are 1 through 3 p.m., with the service at 3 p.m.

There will be memorial service in Margaretville on October 23, details to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Pancreatic Cancer Research.

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