James N. Felger of Hamburg, a Buffalo advertising executive for nearly 50 years, died Friday in Autumnview Manor, Hamburg, after a lengthy illness. He was 80.
Mr. Felger was president of Comstock Advertising from 1971 to 1974, then vice president of Healy, Schutte and Comstock Advertising after two agencies merged. He was president of his own company, J.N. Felger Advertising, from 1980 to 2002, when he retired.
Born in Buffalo, he grew up in Kenmore and was a 1944 graduate of Kenmore High School. He eared a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1947 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He later earned his master's of business administration and studied in the Harvard University Graduate Program in Business Administration.
He first worked as an engineer at National Analine, then was a project process engineer for Olin-Mathieson Chemical Corp. in Niagara Falls, Baltimore and Lake Charles, La.
He returned to Buffalo to join the Melvin F. Hall Advertising Agency in 1954 and became its president.
Mr. Felger was a past president of the Niagara Frontier Advertisers Association, the American Marketing Association and the Buffalo Chapter of the RPI Alumni Association. He served for many years on the executive board of the Greater Niagara Frontier Council, Boy Scouts of America.
He received numerous honors and awards for advertising excellence. He was a patentee for Hydrazine manufacturing devices. He was given the Alumni Key Award by the RPI Alumni Association. The Rotary Club of Buffalo honored him with the Paul Harris Fellow award for more than 40 years of service.
Mr. Felger was a former president of the Murray Hill Ski Club, one of the area's first ski areas; an elder and former chairman of the finance committee of Hamburg Presbyterian Church; and served for 50 years as publicity chairman for the Western New York Chapter of the American Chemical Association.
A Hamburg resident since 1960, he enjoyed skiing, hunting, fishing, gardening, photography, woodworking, camping and sailing.
Surviving are his wife of 57 years, the former Carolyn Hall; two sons, Geoffrey H. and Bruce J.; a daughter, Christine Felger Hughes; and a sister, Jane Guay.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today in Hamburg Presbyterian Church, 177 Main St.