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Roger Sterling Sr.
Details
Gender Male
Employer Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency
Occupation Senior Partner (until death)
Relations
Child(ren) Roger Sterling
Other Relations Margaret Sterling (granddaughter)


Biography

Roger Sterling Sr. was one of the founders of Sterling Cooper in 1923 along with Bertram Cooper. Having passed away prior to the beginning of the show's timeline, Sterling Sr. has never appeared in Mad Men, though he can be seen in photographs in Cooper's office. A brief biography of his life can be pieced out during Season 1, Season 2, and Season 3. Largely through the recollections of his son and successor Roger Sterling Jr. Roger Sterling Sr. was a veteran of World War 1, where he fought in the trenches and killed a man with a bayonet. Following the war he, along with Bert Cooper, founded the ad agency which bears their names upon receiving a substantial investment from Cooper's sister Alice. Sometime in the early years of the company he cultivated a close relationship with representatives from Lucky Strike tobacco, eventually landing a lucrative account from their business.

Sterling Sr.'s hard living became legendary in the advertising business. Freddy Rumsen, himself hired by Sterling Sr. after World War 2, ruminates in the second season that Sterling Sr. drank more alcohol than both Don Draper and Roger Sterling Jr. combined. This lifestyle appears to have caught up with Sterling Sr. and he died after suffering a heart attack and crashing his car.

Mad Men Characters
Draper's Past Don DraperAbigail WhitmanArchibald WhitmanAdam WhitmanMack JohnsonLieutenant Don DraperAnna DraperPattyStephanie Horton
Draper and Hofstadt Family Betty HofstadtSally DraperRobert DraperEugene DraperGloria MasseyEugene Hofstadt
New York Suburb CarlaGlen BishopHelen BishopFrancine HansonArnold WayneSuzanne FarrellEdna Keener
Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency Roger SterlingBertram CooperJoan HollowayHarry CraneFreddy RumsenSalvatore RomanoKen CosgrovePaul KinseyHerman PhillipsBurt PetersonGreta GuttmanHollisJimmy BarrettWarren McKennaDaleBobbie BarrettRoger Sterling, Sr.
Secretary Peggy OlsonJane SiegelAllisonHildyLois SadlerMarge
Client Rachel MenkenLee Garner, Jr.Elliot LawrenceConrad HiltonAnnabelle MathisCrab Colson
Campbell Family Pete CampbellTrudy VogelBud CampbellTom VogelJeannie VogelJudy CampbellAndrew Campbell
Olson Relation Anita Olson RespolaKatherine OlsonJohn GillGerry RespolaMark KearneyJoyce RamsayAbe Drexler
London Lane PryceAlec MartinSaint John PowellGuy MacKendrickHarold FordJohn HookerRebecca PryceRobert Pryce
Francis Family Henry FrancisEleanor FrancisPauline Francis
New York City Beth DawesHoward DawesMidge DanielsJennifer CraneJim HobartMargaret SterlingMona SterlingKitty RomanoWalter EmersonBethany Van NuysCynthia CosgroveGail HollowayGreg HarrisRuth HarrisKevin HarrisMorris Ginsberg
Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Faye MillerStan RizzoMichael GinsbergJoey BairdDanny SiegelMargie KochBill Mitford
Secretary Ida BlankenshipDawn ChambersScarlettCarolineSandy Schmidt
Client Herb RennetBob FinleyThomas FillmoreAkira TakahashiHachi Saito
Calvet Family Megan CalvetEmile CalvetMarie Calvet
New York Sylvia RosenJuliaPhoebe
Cutler, Gleason, and Chaough Jim CutlerFrank GleasonTed ChaoughSmitty SmithKurt SmithNan Chaough
Affair CandaceJanineToni CharlesJoy
Character Lyle EvansDavey KelloggJim HobartPerry DemuthJack HammondRalph Stuben

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