Periodically, the ACRU takes a light-hearted look at very serious topics, mostly in our nation’s capital, with cartoons penned by the late illustrator and satirist Glenn Foden. The ACRU’s mascot, Fatcat, usually takes a dim view of the goings on—but not always. Click here for more info about Glenn.

In Memoriam

About Glenn


Glenn Foden, who died suddenly in March 2016 at age 60, was the cartoonist for ACRU’s monthly publication, The Clarion.

Over the past 30 years, Glenn’s political cartoons appeared in many publications, including The Daily Signal, National Review,, 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.

“He was an absolute delight,” said ACRU Chairman Susan A. Carleson. “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.”

As part of his bio for the website, Glenn 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.”