Agency founder, NBC Universal veteran Jim Dowd dies at 42

Dowd passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning.

Jim Dowd. (Image via LinkedIn).
Jim Dowd. (Image via LinkedIn).

FAIRFIELD, CT: Jim Dowd, the founder of two agencies and a veteran of NBC Universal, GolinHarris, and Sparkpr, died Sunday morning. He was 42.

Dowd, a husband and father of three children, began his career at A&E TV and the History Channel before joining NBC Universal, according to his obituary in the Connecticut Post. His last position at the broadcast network was director of publicity, according to his LinkedIn profile.

He founded The Dowd Agency in 2005 and joined Middleberg Communications in late 2009 when it bought his firm. He also had stints as SVP of national media relations at GolinHarris, head of consumer at Sparkpr, and U.S.-based MD at Frank PR. Most recently, he was founder and CEO of Dowd Ink.

TV producer Mark Burnett wrote in a testimonial on the Dowd Ink website that Dowd worked on more than 10 of his reality shows since 2004. A July feature in Politico Magazine noted that Dowd had done PR work for Donald Trump from 2004 through 2010.

A funeral mass was held on Thursday for Dowd at a Fairfield, Connecticut, church. His family set up the Jim Dowd Memorial Scholarship at Fairfield College Preparatory School in lieu of flowers.

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