Olga Hutchins, advertising firm owner, dies

Olga Hutchins, who founded her own one-woman advertising agency, died of Parkinson’s disease complications April 14 at Springwell Assisted Living in Mount Washington. She was 90.

Born Olga Klein in Baltimore and raised on Cliffwood Avenue, she was the daughter of William Klein and his wife, Anna.

She attended the Robert E. Lee School No. 49 and was a 1945 graduate of Eastern High School. She obtained a degree at the Johns Hopkins University’s evening school.

In 1953 she married Charles Raymond Hutchins, who worked for Alexander and Alexander insurance. They settled on Dunkirk Road in Rodgers Forge.

Mrs. Hutchins sent her children to private schools and worked to help pay the tuition. She initially taught typing and shorthand at local secretarial schools.

She then took jobs at the Paul Brown and W. E. Wilhelm ad agencies. She performed that work for more than a decade, then opened her own agency, working from a spare bedroom. She named the company O.K. Hutchins advertising.

“She was wheeling and dealing with radio stations, newspapers, TV and clients, all of whom wanted to promote their products,” said her son, Stuart S. Hutchins of Winchester, Va. “She even made a TV ad with Charley Eckman and Artie Donovan.”

Mrs. Hutchins also created radio ads for two retailers, the Red Shed and the Sample Store, both on Greenmount Avenue in Waverly.

“She created a jingle that everybody thought was a little silly — but people remembered it. That was the whole point of advertising,” said her son.

She became a volunteer at the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, where she worked on membership drives and its annual Decorator Show House.

She enjoyed art and made paper collages. She also traveled on trips sponsored by Johns Hopkins and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Zion Lutheran Church, 400 E. Lexington Street, where she was a member.

In addition to her son, survivors include another son, Winston W. Hutchins of New York City; a daughter, Celeste Hutchins Diamond of Baltimore; and five grandchildren. Her husband of 29 years died in 1982.

--Jacques Kelly


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