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Philly Ad Club remembers Allan Kalish, a long-time friend, past president and most recently honored as an industry Mover and Shaker.

A memorial is planned for November 24th at 2:30PM at the Germantown Friends Meeting House at 31 W. Coulter Street, Philadelphia 19144.

Allan Kalish 94, businessman and legendary Philadelphia ad man, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning October 29, 2019 surrounded by his family.

In 2002, Kalish co-founded WorkZone, a web-based project management software company, with Rick Mosenkis.

Prior to starting WorkZone, he headed Kalish and Associates from 1990 to 2002. This company provided sales and marketing consulting services to top executives at other agencies, as well as Fortune 500 companies such as Heartland Payment Systems and Lehigh Valley Hospital.

All told, Kalish was in the advertising business for more than 40 years. He was the founder and CEO of Kalish & Rice Inc., a large Philadelphia agency that he started in 1962 that was sold to Earle Palmer Brown in 1984. The agency’s clients included Strawbridge & Clothier, PECO, PGW, WAWA, Pep Boys and many others.

Kalish started his career in sales at Philadelphia Magazine and moved on to broadcasting in 1954 at WCAU Radio. In his heart, he was always a radio man.

Kalish was Chairman of AC Publishers Inc., which published Seven Arts Magazine, Philadelphia’s monthly arts and culture review and Business Philadelphia, the region’s monthly business magazine.

His board service included the Police Athletic League, the American Music Theater Festival, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Sports Congress. He was also a member of Mayor Ed Rendell’s Commission for the Homeless and board member of Philadelphia’s Center City District.

Additionally, he is a former President of the Philadelphia Advertising Club and was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia Hall of Fame in 1994. Kalish was a World War II U.S. Army veteran having fought in major battles including the Invasion of Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge and participated in the liberation of two concentration camps.

Kalish was born in 1925 in Kittanning, PA. He is survived by his daughter Betsy and son, David and granddaughter Sophia Hendler. He is also survived by 2 beloved step-children, Jason and Emily Mayer and his beloved personal assistant, Mary Grace Salamone.

A memorial is planned for November 24th at 2:30PM at the Germantown Friends Meeting House at 31 W. Coulter Street, Philadelphia 19144.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center or the charity of the donor’s choice.