Today we received word of the death of my paternal aunt Grace Dalles Clarke, (September 5, 1924 - July 18, 2018), in New York City.
Those of you who have been faithful readers of my blog down the years will remember that I wrote a profile of her, and her work, back in March of 2012. She lived a long and full life, and made fantastic contributions to the world of publishing - both as an illustrator of children's books and as an executive at several notable publishing houses. Along the way she was able to work with many creative and insightful people, including Sarah, Duchess of York (the Budgie books), and President Jimmy Carter (Habitat for Humanity's "The President Builds a House").
She grew up in Pittsburgh, graduated from Carnegie Tech, was a personal friend of another Pittsburgh native and Tech grad, Andy Warhol, long before he was famous, and she "made it" in Manhattan in her chosen field. To her family she was always "Bae" or "Aunt Bae", a nickname from childhood days. We loved her and relished hearing her recount stories about her work, and some of the amazing things that happened to her. Usually we would end up rolling on the floor with uncontrollable laughter; she was such a great raconteur.
Her timeless children's book illustrations have that same ability to bring warmth and joy. And here is a not so secret secret: many of her family members are depicted for all time in her illustrations. If you have a moment, please...
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