A memorial service has been scheduled for Tony Auth, WHYY/NewsWorks’ digital artist in residence, who died Sept. 14 at age 72. Auth, of Wynnewood, was a Puliter Prize-winning cartoonist.
The memorial will be held Sunday, Sept. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Penn’s Landing at the Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106. Auth was a sailor and a huge fan of the museum.
The event will be free and open to the public. WHYY is finalizing plans to webcast the memorial live on WHYY.org and NewsWorks.org.
The program will include tributes from Ed Rendell, Mayor Michael Nutter, as well as some of Auth’s colleagues from The Inquirer, WHYY and the informal national fraternity of cartoonists.
Auth was an Ohio native, a UCLA graduate, and worked as an editorial cartoonist at The Inquirer for 41 years before joining WHYY/NewsWorks in 2012. During his long career, he won all the major national prizes available to editorial cartoonists. He was also an author and illustrator of children’s books.
Check back with NewsWorks and WHYY for more information on memorial plans.