Stewart Ogilvy, Editor and Activist, Dies

Associated Press

Stewart Ogilvy, a former Fortune magazine editor active in world federation and environmental movements, died while on a cruise during the Christmas holidays. He was 71.

At the time of his death, Ogilvy was honorary president of Friends of the Earth and a director of the American Movement for World Government.

Ogilvy was born in Winnipeg, Canada, graduated from Trinity College in Connecticut, and worked for the New York Times advertising department and several ad agencies before taking up the cause of world government in the 1940s.

He was a founder of the World Government News, a monthly newsmagazine that until 1951 was the organ for groups interested in federal union of the world’s democratic countries.


Moved to Time

After the magazine ceased publication, he moved to Time Inc. in 1952, and for 17 years worked with Fortune and Architectural Forum.

He was an organizer of the Sierra Club’s Atlantic chapter, the organization’s first chapter outside California, and held virtually every volunteer East Coast post with the organization. In 1969 he was an incorporator of Friends of the Earth, now an international environmental organization with chapters in 25 countries.

Ogilvy moved to New Orleans after his retirement in 1979. He is survived by his wife, Avis.