December 29, 2008

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Chan Bell, Wife of AAF President Emeritus Howard Bell, Passes Away

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Chan Bell, beloved wife of AAF President Emeritus Howard Bell.

Howard and Chan enjoyed 61 glorious years together. Chan was always at Howard’s side as a true partner and companion in both their personal life and Howard’s professional career. Chan was known as “Ma Bell” to all who adored her. District 19 was created by Chan Bell, and she was its heart until she passed the torch to Jean Snyder after Howard's retirement. Even after Chan and Howard formally retired from the AAF, Chan was always a regular attendee and participant in all of the AAF’s events. Everyone who has ever been a member of the AAF understands that it is people like Chan who have made the AAF a loving family.

Wally Snyder, immediate past AAF president and CEO said, “I was inspired by Chan Bell from the moment I met her 26 years ago. She made me feel so welcome at the AAF just like she did every other staff person and member. She was Howard’s right hand, and she was always at his side. We all loved her and will never forget her.”

“Chan Bell was an extraordinary person, who made extraordinary contributions to the AAF. She was loved by the AAF family, and she will be greatly missed,” said AAF President and CEO James Edmund Datri.

Karen Cohn, VP of conference services, added, “Both Chan and Howard enriched my life beyond the AAF. They showed me what marriage is really all about—the partnership, the commitment, the respect and the deep love.”

Please send any expressions of condolence to the Bell family to the AAF Headquarters:

Howard Bell and Family
In Care of Karen Cohn/American Advertising Federation
1101 Vermont Avenue NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005