Published: July 7, 2011
Michael McGurk, 79, an illustrator and designer who owned a graphic
design company for many years, died June 13 of pneumonia at the
convalescent center of the Patriots Colony retirement community in
Michael James McGurk, who had lived in Williamsburg since 1991, was
born in the District and graduated from the old Chamberlain
Vocational High School in the District. He later studied painting and
drawing at American University and the Corcoran College of Art and
He served in the Navy and later the Army in the 1950s.
Early in his career, Mr. McGurk was a staff illustrator at RCA and other
companies, an assistant art director at the National Education Association
and executive art director of Art Designers. He was vice president of
Creative Printing. for two years before forming McGurk and Associates
His design and illustration company was based in Bethesda and later in
Arlington County. In 1991, he moved his business to Williamsburg. His
clients included United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization, or UNESCO; the State Department; major corporations
and trade associations. He retired in 2008.
Mr. McGurk was a member of the Art Directors Club. He enjoyed
carving waterfowl decoys and painting.
A daughter, Mary Becker, died in 2009.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Joyce Crabill McGurk of
Williamsburg; a daughter, Anne McGurk of Alexandria; and three sisters,
Susan Foster of Vienna and Margaret McGurk and Patricia Cox, both of
— Matt Schudel