David E. Geiger, 51, ad executive

David E. Geiger
David E. Geiger
Posted: April 27, 2013

David E. Geiger, 51, of Media, a longtime newspaper advertising executive who spent several years at The Inquirer, died Friday, April 19, of a liver ailment brought on by an herbal supplement.

Mr. Geiger, known to friends and family as "Geigs," was known for his love of sports and his gregarious personality, both of which were on display when he was supporting his children in extracurricular activities: coaching and watching baseball, basketball, and tennis for his son, Benjamin, and attending vocal concerts for his daughter, Katherine.

"He never missed a practice, never missed a game," said Katherine Geiger. "He never missed a concert, not in middle school, high school, or college."

Mr. Geiger was born Aug. 22, 1961, in Barberton, Ohio, and grew up in Erie. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1983 from the College of Wooster in Ohio and a master's degree in leadership development from Eastern University in 2011.

He worked in newspaper advertising for more than two decades, at the Suburban Press in Needham, Mass.; the Metro-West Daily News in Framingham, Mass.; and The Inquirer, from 2001 until about 2007.

After leaving The Inquirer, Mr. Geiger worked in admissions at Eastern and with a communications firm.

He was a devoted fan of the Cleveland Indians and Browns, his longtime friend Lisa Stearns said, so much so that he named his first dog Cleveland.

In addition to his daughter and son, Mr. Geiger is survived by his parents, Edward and Margaret; his girlfriend, Janet Martinez; a brother and a sister; and two nieces and a nephew.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, 727 Harvard Ave., Swarthmore, Pa. 19081.

Contributions may be made to the church; the Gift of Life Organ Donation Program, 401 N. Third St., Philadelphia 19123; or Old First United Church of Christ, 151 N. Fourth St., Philadelphia 19106.


Contact Chris Palmer at 609-217-8305, cpalmer@phillynews.com, or follow on Twitter @cs_palmer

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