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Paul Francis Conrad (June 27, 1924 – September 4, 2010[1]) was an American political cartoonist from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. During college, Conrad started cartooning at the University of Iowa for the Daily Iowan.[2] While serving with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, during World War II, Conrad received a B.A. in art in 1950.[3] After receiving his degree, he worked for the Denver Post, where he spent 14 years before joining the Los Angeles Times.

He was chief editorial cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times from 1964 to 1993 and had been syndicated to hundreds of newspapers worldwide. Conrad drew numerous cartoons about Richard Nixon's downfall. One cartoon showed Nixon, during his last days as president, nailing himself to a cross.[4] Another example, the Los Angeles Times refused to run. Just prior to the vote to impeach President Nixon, Conrad drew the president in only a pair of tight fitting underwear, with the caption "The Last Nixon Supporter in Washington."[citation needed] He was also named in Richard Nixon's enemy list in 1973.[5]

Conrad wrote several books and his work is in the permanent exhibition of the United States Library of Congress.

He earned the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1964, 1971 and 1984.[6] Conrad has also won two Overseas Press Club awards (1981 and 1970) and in 1988, the Society of Professional Journalists/Sigma Delta Chi (SDX) honored him with his seventh Distinguished Service Award for Editorial Cartooning.

Conrad is survived by his wife, Kay King, a former society writer for The Denver Post, two sons, two daughters and one grandchild.


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