Credit: Rachil Tam

Robert Kraus

Author, Cartoonist, Publisher, Artist

Robert Kraus was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1925. At age 10, he won a cartoon contest from his local paper the Milwaukee Journal. By age 12, Kraus was hired to contribute a weekly cartoon to the Milwaukee Journal entitled "Public Nuisances." While still a student at the Art Students League in Manhattan, at age 16, he made his first cartoon sale to The New Yorker. Kraus also freelanced for other publications such as Collier's, the old Life and The Saturday Evening Post. In 1954, Kraus also began writing and illustrating children's books.
Kraus died in 2001 in Kent, Connecticut, and is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, the former Pamela Vivienne Evan-Wong, of Georgetown, British Guiana, a fellow student at the New York Art Students' League, and by their two sons, Bruce and Bill and four grandchildren Parker, Jack, Margaret and Vivienne.