Eugene “Gene” J. Hameroff, 96, died June 24, 2018.
Mr. Hameroff was born to immigrant parents, Abraham and Sarah Hameroff, in Cleveland, Ohio. Upon graduating from Ohio State University, he married Terri, and began working in advertising. He opened his own advertising agency in 1955 and grew it into the largest agency in central Ohio. He taught advertising courses at Franklin University for more than 10 years. He was a great supporter of the Columbus Jewish community and his agency did pro bono work for various community organizations. Mr. Hameroff and his wife moved to Florida in the 1980s, where he continued to work in the business. He consulted with small agencies around the country for another 15 years. In 1999, the couple moved to Tucson to be with their sons and grandchildren. Mr. Hameroff moved to SaddleBrooke after Terri’s death, where his pursuits included writing articles for the SaddleBrooke News, and joining the SaddleBrooke Literary/Art Guild and the SaddleBrooke Singles. He spent the last few years of his life at Atria Campana del Rio.
Mr. Hameroff authored two books in the last decade of his life, “When It Is Time to Make the Move,” chronicling his decision-making process of moving from his home into an independent living facility; and “Revenge of the Communist’s Son,” an autobiography of his experiences in the advertising business.
Mr. Hameroff was predeceased by three brothers, Jack, Harry, and Allan; and his sister, Sylvia. He also was predeceased by his wife, Yetta Terri Hameroff, and the love of his later life, Jane Akin.
Survivors include his two sons, Stephen Hameroff and David (Anne) Hameroff, all of Tucson, and two grandchildren.
A graveside service was held at Evergreen Mortuary with Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin of Chabad Tucson officiating. A memorial service will be held at Atria at a later date.