June 20, 2006
Donald Reilly, 1933-2006
The artist and cartoonist Donald Reilly, a longtime veteran of The New Yorker passed away on Sunday in Connecticut
from complications relating to cancer. He was 72.
Reilly was born in 1933 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. After receiving an undergraduate degree from Muhlenberg College, he entered the Navy. After leaving the service, he attended art class at Cooper Union. He graduated in 1963, and began his association with The New Yorker
in 1964. According to the New York Times
obituary, Reilly worked for many of the top cartoon and illustration clients of the period, including Playboy
, The Saturday Evening Post
. He would go on to do over 1100 cartoons and 16 covers for his most representative client; his cartoons were distinguished by use of wash and a certain bluntness to the jokes -- like the most emblematic cartoons in The New Yorker
during the William Shawn era there was very little wasted time in a Reilly cartoon.
Reilly is survived by a wife, a sister, three children, three stepchildren and eight grandchildren.
posted 12:16 pm PST
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