Remembering Tracy Sugarman (1921-2013)

Beloved SU Press Author and Syracuse native Tracy Sugarman died Sunday, January 20 at the age of 91.  Sugarman was known for his nationally recognized illustrations which appeared in hundreds of magazines and books, and was featured on PBS, ABC TV, NBC TV, and CBS TV.  Along with his career as an illustrator, he also was a talented artist, scriptwriter, civil rights activist, producer, and author. He won numerous awards from the Society of Illustrators in New York and the Art Directors Club in Washington, D.C. and his entire collection of art from World War II was acquired by the U.S. Library of Congress.

With strong ties to the Syracuse region as a graduate of Nottingham High School and Syracuse University, Sugarman published two books with the we had sneakersSyracuse University Press.  Drawing Conclusions: An Artist Discovers His America (2007) and We Had Sneakers, They Had Guns: The Kids Who Fought for Civil Rights in Mississippi (2009) are both powerful records of the nation’s past expressed through the artist’s own words and drawings.  He is also the author of Stranger at the Gates: A Summer in Mississippi and My War: A Love Story in Letters and Drawings.

Tracy Sugarman will be remembered for his successful career and strong community presence.  He was a resident of his neighborhood in Westport, Connecticut for 62 years and touched the hearts of many whom he surrounded.  SU Press is saddened by the news and sends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the distinguished artist.

Memorial service information will be announced in the spring.

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