Garry Trudeau, Doctor of Humane Letters

 

Garry Trudeau ‘s comic strip Doonesbury was launched in 1970 and now appears in nearly 1,500 newspapers in the United States and abroad.  In 1975, Trudeau became the first comic strip artist ever to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. Since then, he has been a finalist three times, including this year for his strips concerning the war in Iraq. 

Trudeau's creative work has appeared in numerous books.  His latest book, The Long Road Home: One Step at a Time, is a collection of the "wounded warrior" strips, which chronicle the injury and recovery of B.D., a longtime Doonesbury character who lost a leg while serving in Iraq in April 2004. Proceeds go to Fisher House, a nonprofit organization that provides a "home away from home" to the families of military personnel who are being treated in military and VA medical centers.

Collaborating with composer Elizabeth Swados in 1983, Trudeau wrote the book and lyrics for the Broadway musical Doonesbury, for which he was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards.  Trudeau again collaborated with Swados in 1984, this time on Rap Master Ronnie, a satirical revue about the Reagan Administration.

Born in New York City and raised in Saranac Lake, New York, he attended Yale University, where he received his B.A. and an M.F.A. in graphic design.