Those We Lost
Recent Irish and Irish-American passings
A cartoonist at The New Yorker for over 30 years, Leo Cullum succumbed to cancer after a five-year battle on October 23 at his home in Malibu. He was 68.
Much of what would become Cullum’s iconic cartooning began in airport terminals. A full-time TWA pilot for 34 years, Cullum would draw during layovers and on days off. Cullum sold his first cartoon to Air Line Pilot magazine. He received rejections from The New Yorker for some time before finally breaking the binding and making the pages in 1977. He would contribute 819 cartoons to the magazine before his death, his last appearing in the October 25 issue.
Cullum, according to his brother, Thomas, who spoke to Roz Chast at The New Yorker, had been funny since he was a little kid. “At the dinner table one night during a summer vacation when Leo was seven and Thomas nine, their father complained that his stomach had got a little sunburned. Leo said, ‘Well, you know, Dad, things that are closest to the sun burn first.’” Fortunately, his father laughed.
Cullum attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. After graduation he served in the Marine Corps. He flew in over 200 missions during Vietnam. In addition to his brother Thomas, Cullum is survived by his wife of 31 years, Kathy Cullum, as well as his two daughters, Kaitlin and Kimberly, and son-in-law Marcus Berry. – T.D.
Born Patricia Reid Chamberlain in Japan, Herzog came to the United States at age ten. She worked at a California factory building Hellcats and torpedo bombers during WWII, and moved to Santa Ana with her first husband, Charles Herzog, in the 1950s. They divorced in 1960.
In the early 1950s, Herzog was working as a newspaper reporter when she signed up for law classes through Chicago’s LaSalle Extension University. She passed the bar in 1957, and by 1960 led her own practice.
In 1978, Herzog took a case that turned out to set a precedent in California marital law. Janet Sullivan was seeking part of the value of her husband’s medical practice in their divorce, on the grounds that she was working as an accountant while her husband attended medical school. California’s lower courts ruled against her, but Herzog filed an appeal in 1982 with the California Supreme Court. In 1985, California’s marital property law was amended to authorize courts to reimburse divorcing individuals for supporting their spouses, in what was known as the Sullivan Law.
Herzog is survived by two children from her first marriage, two stepchildren, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Her husband of 44 years, Haskell Shapiro, died last year. – K.R.
- Gay wedding cakes latest target of anti-gay...
- The New York Times questions Ireland’s highly-p
- Racist incidents in Ireland up by 85 percent...
- An open letter in strong defence of capitalism.
- Offensive NFL sign outside restaurant just...
- No Irish prosecution for man named as world’s...
- Bah! Humbug! The ten worst things about Christm
- Spanish judge slams Ryanair’s sexist air...
- Irish radio presenter suspended after anti-Isra
- Nelson Mandela was against IRA decommissioning.