JOHN DIRKS

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DIRKS--John, of Mystic, CT, died on January 26, 2010. He was born on November 2, 1917, in New York, NY, the son of Rudolph and Helen Dirks. His wife of 50 years, Mary Dirks died on March, 30, 2004. Mr. Dirks graduated with the Yale Class of 1939 and was a Captain in the United States Army. Mr. Dirks collaborated with his father on The Captain and The Kids comic strip from 1955 until 1968, and he continued the strip until 1979. John was also a well known sculptor in mixed metal fountains. He installed hundreds of fountains all over the world, including museums, multiple gallery shows and private collections. He is survived by his sister Barbara Dirks of Brattleboro, VT. Memorial donations may be made to Rudolph & John Dirks Fund, PO Box 769, New London, CT 06320. Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, Old Lyme is handling services which are private.

Published in The New York Times on Feb. 4, 2010