Dan Lynch, who died Sunday at 67, was a talented cartoonist who graced these pages with sometimes hilarious, sometimes biting visual commentary for a quarter of a century. But his wit and unique drawing style were only two facets of a personality this community will miss.
Dan was also the founding director of the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society and an accomplished musician, whose love of trains and music often found its way into his cartoons.
A native of Munster, he attended Western Kentucky University and began his career during the years of Watergate, a golden era for political cartoonists. He drew for the Indiana Daily Student in Bloomington before joining The Journal Gazette in 1975 and, except for a three-year stint as cartoonist for The Kansas City Star, he was with us until a stroke forced his retirement in 2001.
Honored with several state cartooning awards, Dan was nationally syndicated for 11 years, but his most powerful cartoons took on local and regional figures, including mayors, congressmen and I.U. basketball coach Bob Knight.
Two collections of his cartoons for The Journal Gazette and The Star have been published: “There's Gold in Them Thar Ills ...” in 1985 and “Dirty Little Secrets,” in 2003.
His fierce devotion to editorial cartooning won't be forgotten.