February 26, 2011
A. Alan Olshine
Post executive

A. Alan Olshine, 87, a Washington Post advertising executive who specialized in sales of fashion advertising, died Jan. 14 at his home in Arlington. He had pancreatic cancer.

Mr. Olshine spent his early advertising career in New York with magazines and professional groups before joining The Post’s retail advertising department in 1950. He retired in 1991.

In 1986, he was a recipient of The Post’s Eugene Meyer Award, the newspaper’s highest award for service and dedication.

Abraham Alan Olshine was born in Philadelphia to Russian-Jewish immigrants. He grew up in the Bronx, N.Y., was a social director at resorts in the Catskills, and graduated from City College of New York.

He was a past president of the Central Business Association in Washington. His memberships included Beth El Hebrew Congregation, a reform synagogue in Alexandria, and B’nai B’rith International, a Jewish service organization.

His first wife, the former S. Lucille Lang, died in 1959 after six years of marriage. His second marriage, to Mary Ann Olshine, ended in divorce. A stepdaughter, Susan Meissner, died in 2008.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Rusty Bauer Olshine of Arlington; three stepchildren, Pamela Becker of Willis, Va., Jeffrey West of Richmond and Scott Libin of Burnsville, Minn.; a sister; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein

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