Arthur Fradon
1922 - 2019
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Arthur Dana Fradon
Arthur Dana Fradon, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family, at his home in Woodstock, NY, October 3, 2019.
Dana, as he was called, was born in Chicago, Ill in 1922. As the child of immigrants during the Great Depression, he suffered through extreme poverty throughout his youth. His family was saved by Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal which put food on their table and allowed him to receive a great education. The New Deal also informed and steered the course of his life.
After serving in the Army and Airforce in WWII, Dana attended the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League of New York where he met and married Comic Illustrator, Ramona Fradon.
He wanted to pursue a career in political cartooning and landed his first contract with the New Yorker magazine in the late 1940's. Dana went on to become one of the magazine's top tier political cartoonists for 4 decades, being one of the all-time most reprinted cartoonists of his era. He also sold to the Saturday Evening Post, Playboy and other magazines. After retirement, he published a series of award winning Children's Books with Dalton on medieval History with a character being named for Dana.
Fradon was extremely active in Connecticut Politics having worked side-by-side with Bill Clinton among others, who were fresh out of Law School. Dana's political efforts helped to shape the democratic Party in Connecticut at the time focusing on Civil Rights and ending the Vietnam War.
Dana Fradon was a generous mentor to many students and friends. A loving and dedicated father to his only child, Amy. He loved antiques, history, art, politics, food, old movies, and good conversation. He dedicated his life to his career and social justice through his cartooning and he believed more than anything in a just government which would take care of everyone with no one left behind. He died hoping for that.
All who knew you will miss you, Dad, may you find peace, safety and love wherever you are.
Funeral Arrangements are under the guidance of Lasher Funeral Home, Inc., Woodstock, NY, and will be held privately.

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Published in Danbury News Times on Oct. 7, 2019.
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October 15, 2019

Dana will be missed. He was a true friend and very talented cartoonist and writer. We had a lot of fun times and laughs together. These memories will always be with part of us. He may be gone from this planet, but I like to think that he will always be with us in spirit. Our condolences to all the family. We are here for you if you need anything.

Bill & Lisa Hernandez
October 15, 2019

Dana will be missed. He was a true friend and very talented cartoonist and writer. We had a lot of fun times and laughs together. These memories will always be with part of us. He may be gone from this planet, but I like to think that he will always be with us in spirit. Our condolences to all the family. We are here for you if you need anything.

Bill & Lisa Hernandez
October 13, 2019
Dear Amy - I am so sad to hear of your Dad's passing. I knew your Dad when I lived in Newtown in the 1980's. We were both active in local politics.

I still have an original sketch of his that I purchased at auction. Says "which came first- the wage hike or the price hike?" He was a genius, so talented.

And I liked your Mom a lot as well. I am so pleased to have known them both. We spent many times at the house on Boggs Hill (I think it's Boggs Hill). I am 82 now and recall fails me at times. I live in Oxford now.

You may recall that I came to one of your performances way back then. Hope you are doing well and having a good life.

My sincerest sympathy
Ann (Krasnickas) Krane
ann krane
October 12, 2019
Amy, I send you and your family my deepest condolences and sympathy. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Harold Evans
October 12, 2019
Dana 2008, finally got the ole' tractor running again!
Friends of Dana
Friend
October 9, 2019
Many fond memories of our time spent with Dana, friends and family during our many picnics and gatherings. His storied life, love for his family and his farm, and his respect for his many friends will be missed. Our condolences to Ramona and Amy for their loss.
Karen & Art Knudsen
Friend
October 9, 2019
Thanks for your kindness when it was needed most. You are in our prayers, RIP
ROY & SILVANA BERTALOVITZ
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