Leslie J. Stark
( b. Aug 18, 1938 Brooklyn, New York, USA - d. Jul 17, 2015 Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA )
Stark was a beloved renaissance man with multiple talents, graduating from Poly Prep Country Day School and Hobart William Smith College, where he later served on the board for many years. Following graduation, he attended the Yale School of Drama. Flush with talent, he moved to New York City, where he found work in the theater and on television.
He entered the world of advertising early on worked at Benton and Bowles, which later became D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles (DMB&B).
Leslie was the international marketing director of a subsidiary of Revlon, and was based in Brussels and Hong Kong. He became a successful producer of television commercials, and inspired all who worked with him. He had boundless energy and curiosity, and fully embraced everything he did. But Leslie will be remembered most for his numerous and quiet acts of kindness.
When he retired to Martha's Vineyard, he continued to pursue his many passions, including jazz, which he taught. Leslie produced, directed, and starred in countless plays at the Vineyard Playhouse and Island Theater Workshop, and was also a member of the Peter Luce Play Readers Group. He was a producer for the Broadway production of The Exercise in 1968.
Leslie was a member of the Chamber Music Society, and served on the board.
Source: Martha's Vineyard Times obituary