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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.
Daniel Kelly, president of Kelly’s Furniture, died on October 14 at age 82 after a short illness. One of the seven children born to Patrick and Mary Furey Kelly, he was born in Brooklyn but raised in Frosses, Co. Donegal, where he graduated from the Christian Brothers Academy. Kelly served in the U.S. Army during the occupation of Germany after WWII. He spent much of the remainder of his life in Westchester. In 1959, Kelly and his brothers founded Kelly’s Furniture, one of the leading furniture retailers in the Metro NY and Westchester area. Kelly’s decision to place his store in the South Bronx helped revitalize the area and sustain it during rough times. Kelly used his own brand of hire purchase to enable his clients, many of whom were Hispanic, to buy their furniture on a payment plan. He was much respected as businessman and employer. Of his many honors, he was most proud of being named Man of the Year by the Hispanic community.
Kelly received several Papal Knighthoods from Pope John Paul II, including Knight Commander of Malta, the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher, the Order of Saint Sylvester and the Royal Savoy Orders of Maurice and Lazarus. He was the past president of the Donegal Association of NY and a member of the AOH. He is survived by family members including his brother and business partner Clyde, three nieces and four great-nieces. – P.H.
Actor James MacArthur, who played Detective Danny “Danno” Williams in the TV series Hawaii Five-O, died October 28 in Florida at age 72. For 11 of the show’s 12 years, from 1968-1980, MacArthur played the sidekick to Jack Lord’s Detective Steve McGarrett, who consistently uttered the show’s catchphrase, “Book ’im, Danno!” when the criminal was caught. He left the show in 1979.
Born in Los Angeles in 1937, MacArthur was adopted at seven months old by playwright Charles MacArthur and his wife, the actress Helen Hayes, with whom MacArthur acted in one episode of Hawaii Five-O. He appeared in the 1955 TV production of John Frankenheimer’s Deal a Blow, then in its big screen 1959 remake The Young Stranger. MacArthur acted in Disney movies Kidnapped and Swiss Family Robinson, as well as TV shows Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Love Boat and The Untouchables. It was his work alongside Clint Eastwood in 1968’s Hang ’Em High that caught Hawaii Five-O creator Leonard Freeman’s eye.
MacArthur is survived by his wife Helen Beth Duntz, four children and seven grandchildren. – K.R.
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