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Advertising executive , Creative director

Barry Gay Olson, American Advertising executive, creative director.


Olson, Barry Gay was born on July 3, 1933 in Glendale, California, United States. Son of Gay Frank and Dorothy Barry (Guay) Olson.


Student, University Southern California, 1952-1954; student, University of California at Los Angeles, 1953; student, College of San Mateo, California, 1954.


In production, Neiman-Marcus, Dallas, 1956; production manager, Grant Advertising, San Francisco, 1957-1960; copywriter, D'Arcy, MacManus, Masius, San Francisco, 1960-1962; copywriter, Norman, Craig & Kummel, New York City, 1965-1967; copywriter, W. B. Doner, Baltimore, 1967-1968; copywriter, Ted Bates, Los Angeles, 1969; creative director, vice president, McCann-Erickson, Melbourne, Australia, 1963-1965; creative director, vice president, J. Walter Thompson, Detroit, 1972-1975; creative director, vice president, Vickers & Benson, Montreal, Canada, 1976-1977; creative director, vice president, Meldrum & Fewsmith, Cleveland, 1971-1972, 77-79; creative director, vice president, Stockton West Burkhart, Cincinnati, 1981-1982; creative director, Hitchcock Fleming, Akron, Ohio., 1982-1983; creative director, Muller Jordan Weiss, St. Louis, 1984-1985; creative director, vice president, shareholder, Innis-Maggiore-Olson, Canton, Ohio., 1985-1991; executive vice president, creative director, partner, Olson and Gibbons, Cleveland, 1991-1998; also board directors, Olson and Gibbons, Cleveland executive vice president, creative director, partner, Watt, Roop Advertising Ltd., Cleveland, since 1998. Instructor creative advertising part-time Dynamic Graphics Education Foundation, Peoria, Illinois, 1989.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor to textbooks: American Corporate Identity 11 and 12, and to Contemporary Advertising.


Trustee Big Brothers, San Francisco, 1962, Palace Theater Association, Canton, 1987, Northeast Ohio chapter March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, 1991-1993, Cleveland Signstage Theater, since 1996, Boy Scouts American Greater Cleveland Council, since 1999. Trustee, vice president Cleveland Society Communicating Arts, 1971. Member Museum Modern Art, New York City, 1980-1995, Cleveland Museum Art, since 1996.

With United States Air Force, 1954-1955. Member Cleveland Advertising Association, Cleveland Athletic Club, Hermit Club, Cleveland Play House Club.


Gay Frank Olson

Dorothy Barry (Guay) Olson