Peter Haikalis, a commercial artist, an advertsing executive and a prolific painter whose work won dozens of prizes, died Jan. 31 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. He was 95.
The cause was pneumonia, his daughter Stephanie Firestone said.
Mr. Haikalis was an art director at stores in Milwaukee and Detroit before moving to the Washington area in 1956. He was an advertising and promotions manager at the old Lansburgh’s and Hecht’s department stores and at Giant Food before he joined Ehrlich-Linkins & Associates in 1968.
Mr. Haikalis retired from the advertising agency, later known as Ehrlich-Manes & Associates, as a vice president in 1981.
A painter throughout his life, Mr. Haikalis often exhibited work at Washington area galleries and won many awards over a 50-year period. He painted until he was almost 90.
Peter Haikalis, was born in Akron, Ohio. He studied art at Kent State University in Ohio and worked as a commercial artist in Akron before World War II. During the war, he served in the Army in Europe.
He was a longtime resident of Chevy Chase and was a past president of the Montgomery County Art Association.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Anna Nickolaus Haikalis of Chevy Chase; three daughters, Diana Haikalis of Olney, Md., Cassandra Collins of Towson, Md., and Stephanie H. Firestone of Alexandria; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
— Bart Barnes