ACRU Mourns Passing of Cartoonist Glenn Foden
America and the American Civil Rights Union have lost one of the nation’s wittiest visual commentators.
Glenn Foden, a widely published illustrator who did a monthly cartoon for the ACRU’s on-line and print Clarion publication, died suddenly of an aneurysm at age 60 on Sunday.
He was visiting his father at the time in Massachusetts, according to his daughter Emily.
“Glenn will be sorely missed,” said ACRU Chairman and CEO Susan A. Carleson.
“He was an absolute delight in my life. I so looked forward to our monthly brainstorming sessions and I always marveled at how he was able to bring his special magic to the page, no matter how serious the subject.
“I loved his wit and sense of humor and the way he drew my cat Chester, who was the title character in our series of Fatcat cartoons. I am privileged to have had Glenn touch my life, and so very proud to have his work and his name associated with the ACRU.
“What an empty space he’s left behind. Our prayers and thoughts go out to his wife Teresa, his twin daughters Emily and Hannah and the rest of Glenn’s family and friends.”
Over the past 30 years, Glenn’s political cartoons have appeared in many publications, including the Daily Signal, National Review, Townhall.com, Jewish World Review and The Washington Times. He was a contributor to King Features’ syndicated The Best and the Wittiest, a weekly package of at least 25 timely and thought-provoking editorial cartoons.
As part of his bio for the ComicsKingdom.com website, he penned this:
“For inspiration, he and his dog, Liberty, walk the woods and fields, gaining insight through a constant debate with the local squirrel population. Glenn hates shining the spotlight on himself, never grants interviews and really looks down on the pretentious people who write about themselves in the third person.”
“That quote perfectly sums up Glenn’s outlook and wry wit,” said ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight. “Laden with talent and a keen eye for the absurd, he skewered the high and mighty and did so with originality, humor, a twinkle in his eye and a chuckle. His caricatures of President Obama and ACLU lawyers are especially memorable. He was wonderful to work with, and it won’t be the same without him.”