Craig R. Unruh, advertising executive

Craig R. Unruh, an advertising executive and avid waterfowl hunter, died Sept. 14 of colon cancer at Gilchrist Hospice in Towson. He was 61.

Mr. Unruh was born in Baltimore and raised on Tunbridge Road in Homeland.

He was a 1969 graduate of St. Paul's School, where he had been an outstanding midfielder on the lacrosse team and a key player in the 1969 state championship game.

As a student at the University of Maryland, he was a starting midfielder his freshman year, and after earning a bachelor's degree in 1973, continued playing the sport for the University, Chesapeake and Carling lacrosse clubs.

Mr. Unruh began his advertising career working in sales for WBAL-TV and WMAR-TV, and later worked for the Faulkner Advertising Agency in Baltimore as director of associations and media.

For the past 17 years, he had been vice president for Rubin Postaer & Associates, which is based in Santa Monica, Calif. He had been central area director for the Honda and Acura business accounts, and worked in the firm's Atlanta and Chicago offices.

"My husband was a regular road warrior, and his job took an enormous amount of time," said his wife of 16 years, the former Susan M. Tabert, a retired professional fundraiser.

The longtime Timonium resident had recently moved to Cambridge.

"We moved there because we both enjoyed waterfowl hunting, and he also was concerned about the ecological health of the Eastern Shore," said Mrs. Unruh.

Mr. Unruh was a golfer and had been a member of the Hillendale Country Club. After relocating to Cambridge, he joined the Clearview Country Club.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the chapel at St. Paul's School, 11152 Falls Road, in Brooklandville.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Unruh is survived by a daughter, Laurie G. Unruh of Baltimore; a brother, H. Kirk Unruh of Princeton, N.J.; two stepbrothers, E. Rennert Stinebert Jr. of Baltimore and Christopher S. Stinebert of Arlington, Va.; a stepsister, Katherine A. Tater of Houston; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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