LMO Founder, Chairman Doug Laughlin Dies

January 4, 2019

It is with great sadness that the family of Philip Douglas “Doug” Laughlin announces his death on December 17, 2018, after a decades long battle with cancer. He was 76 years old. Doug, a resident of Huddleston, Virginia had recently relocated to Vienna, Virginia to be closer to family.

Doug was born April 30, 1942 in Marblehead, Massachusetts, the son of Charles and Martha Laughlin. He grew up in Dallas, Texas and spent many summers and vacations in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Doug attended Kent State University in Ohio and received his bachelor’s degree in marketing. There, he met his wife of 48 years, Grace, who passed away in 2013.

Doug served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1969. His advertising career took him and his family to Cleveland, Ohio; Syracuse, New York; Sparta, New Jersey and then finally to Arlington, Virginia. During his illustrious advertising career, he worked for top agencies — NW Ayer, DMBB and Bozell — specializing in Military Recruiting and Retention Advertising, for the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and National Guard. In 1995, he founded LMO Advertising, a full-service advertising agency in Arlington, Virginia. For his outstanding contributions to advertising and the industry, Doug received in 2010 the Silver Medal Award from the American Advertising Federation, DC Chapter.

Doug had many interests including his life-long love of Blues music, golfing, boating, politics and traveling across the country by car or camper. He cherished his time at his home on Smith Mountain Lake and especially loved being with his family – supporting their musical and athletic events, providing counsel and telling great stories. Doug will be forever remembered by many for his sincere, kind, gentle and generous soul.

He is survived by brother Charles Dennis Laughlin; sons Scott (Jennifer) Laughlin and Christopher (Karen) Laughlin; and seven grandchildren, Evan, Mitch, Josey, Deg, Ty, Sadie and Bridget. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on January 26, 2019 at 2:00 pm at The Church of the Good Shepherd in Vienna, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to Operation Homefront, a nonprofit whose mission is to build strong, stable and secure military families so they can thrive in the communities that they’ve worked so hard to protect www.operationhomefront.org.

### About LMO
Founded in 1995, LMO is an independent, full-service marketing communications agency located in Arlington, Virginia. LMO offers custom advertising, marketing and public relations solutions. Because of our 24-year history in the challenger space and full-service capabilities, we help challenger brands achieve their business goals and objectives. For more information, visit www.lmo.com.

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