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Robert Gallivan, Cartoonist for The New Yorker and numerous other publications has died at age 95

Word reached Ink Spill last week that Robert Gallivan, a cartoonist who contributed to The New Yorker during the 1940s, died December 19, 2009 in Vancouver, Washington.  He was 95.  His sister, Mary Gallivan graciously provided the photograph above as well as the following:

Robert Gallivan was born March 13, 1914, in Chicago, Illinois.  He was the eldest in the family of two boys and two girls. When three years old, he was already drawing.  His mother saw him drawing a train on the bedroom wall and asked him why he didn't ask her for a piece of paper to draw on.  His answer, "Because you didn't have a big enough paper for this train."

His drive to draw never faded throughout his lifetime.  His love for cartoons began when his grandmother ( a gifted artist) gave him a comic book -- at five years old.

For his four years of high school, he chose to attend a public high school that had an excellent art department.  Bob commuted two hours a day by streetcar to attend. 

After graduating, he went on to study at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, where he showed talent as an illustrator but favored cartooning as a career.   One of his teachers there was Vaughn Shoemaker, a political cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune.

Following art school, living at home, Bob could be found at his drawing board from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., turning out "gags" ( and they were prolific), sending his ideas to various magazines, including The Saturday Evening Post, Colliers, American Boy, Esquire, NYA, and The New Yorker.

Drafted in 1942, and stationed at MacDill Field in Walla Walla, Washington, Bob worked on the base newspaper, sometimes contributing cartoons. While stationed there het met and married Georgia Mae Wilkins, a Walla Walla girl --they remained happily married for 65 years.

Robert is survived by Georgia Mae, who  still lives in their charming home overlooking the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington.  The last time Bob's sister,  Mary visited him, in November of 2009, he said to her, "I had a very good life."


 The Company He Kept

Below: from the inside flap of The 1942 New Yorker Album







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