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Cartoonist, Children’s Book Illustrator Rodney Ruth Dies at 74

February 4, 1987

PARK RIDGE, Ill. (AP) _ Rodney McCord Ruth, who drew the syndicated cartoon strip ″The Toodles″ and had a second career as a prize-winning illustrator of children’s books, has died at the age of 74.

Ruth died at his home here Jan. 27.

He illustrated ″The Toodles,‴ a daily comic strip written by Betsy and Stanley Baer, from 1941 to 1957. The strip made its debut in the first issue of the old Chicago Sun, which was later merged into the Sun-Times.

″His first career was as a cartoonist, and he was quite successful at it,″ said Ruth’s son, Eric. ″But his second one is what we are the most proud of.″

Among the books Ruth illustrated were ″Alligator Hole″ and ″Islands of the Tiny Deer.″ He received awards from the National Science Teachers Association, the Artists Guild of Chicago, the Society of Illustrators and the Printing Industries of America.

Ruth had an honor of a different sort in 1976 when presidential candidate Jimmy Carter stayed overnight at his home and invited Ruth to his inaugural ceremonies in Washington, D.C.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; three sons; and a brother.

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