All of us at AICR were saddened to hear that Cartoonist Roy Doty – a fixture in the cartooning world since the 1960s – died earlier this month. Since the 1980s, Doty (who never wanted to be called “Roy”) illustrated AICR’s good-news-letter and, more recently, the World Cancer Research Fund’s Great Grub Club newsletter to teach children about healthy eating and physical activity for cancer prevention.
Doty’s heartfelt support of AICR’s cancer prevention message to eat more plant foods inspired his fruit and vegetable characters Hedda Broccoli, Lois Lemon and Peter Pepper, as well as the humorous Professor Foodsmart and his dog Snack. His friendly art helped donors relate to AICR and reached children with fun yet educational scenarios, puzzles, games.
Doty was a beloved and ever-imaginative friend to AICR whose instantly recognizable style and imagination earned him many awards from the National Cartoonists Society and a place among the best-known cartoonists.
AICR Senior Vice President Kathryn L. Ward said, “I will miss Doty, who was my friend for more than 40 years. Doty will always occupy a special place in my memory. He was passionate about his art, his friends, and his family especially his ongoing loving relationship with his daughter Elizabeth Burns and her family. He lived to draw and sat at his drawing board every day. A few months ago I called him and he was still sitting at his board pen in hand. He will live on forever in his art. I would bet he is drawing still and that Heaven will soon be full of his very special art.”
All of us at AICR and WCRF will miss his sparkling wit and generosity of spirit. Here’s a tribute of Doty from The Comics Journal.