Jody Lange, Design Alumna, Passes Away


The School of Design is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jody Lange at the age of 65. Jody was a Communications Planning and Information Design Alumna and worked as the Marketing Director and Chief Creative Officer for Burston-Marstellar. Jody is remembered by the faculty that knew her as a fabulous writer with a memorable sense of humor.

From the Syracuse Post:

On Friday September 16, 2016 at age 65, beloved wife of Thomas W. Conrad; mother of Madeleine and Charles Lange; step-mother of Anne and Jane Conrad; sister of Frank Coshey Smith, MD of Fayetteville, NY; also survived by many cousins and friends. Jody was a Managing Director, Chief Creative Officer at Burson-Marsteller, where she worked for the past 21 years and formed countless cherished relationships with her colleagues. She held a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Advertising from Penn State University and, at 53, earned a Master's in Communications Planning and Information Design from Carnegie Mellon University. She also taught marketing classes at Duquesne University and CMU, where she was awarded a Certificate of Teaching Excellence. An oft-recipient and judge of the American Advertising Federation's prestigious ADDY Awards, Jody was inducted into the Pittsburgh Advertising Federation Hall of Fame in 2012 in recognition of her work on accounts for Coca Cola, Stouffer's, Iron City and many others. In addition to these accomplishments, Jody was an adept flea marketer, knitting enthusiast, devoted fiction bookworm, gin connoisseur, Rolling Stones fanatic, yin ("as opposed to yang," she'd say) yoga practitioner, water aerobics ace and die-hard Democrat. But more than anything, Jody was a master of words -- written, spoken and even sung (she was an excellent jingle-writer) -- and she and only she would be able to find the right ones to describe just how loved she is and how missed she'll be.

The School of Design expresses its condolences to Jody's familty and friends. She will be dearly missed.

Date Published: 
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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