Cartoonist, alumnus dies at 80

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News Reporter

Southwest Texas State Alumni Charles Barsotti passed away from brain cancer Monday at his home in Kansas City, MO.

Barsotti, 80 years old, was a husband, father and cartoonist. Barsotti was born in San Marcos in 1933 and grew up in San Antonio. He eventually attended Southwest Texas State University where he studied social studies and was a cartoonist for The University Star, known then as The College Star, as an undergraduate student and is now a member of the Star's Hall of Fame. Barsotti worked as an army clerk for two years after college. Following those years, Barsotti worked for six years as a director at a Texas residential school for people with developmental disabilities, and began freelance cartooning.

Barsotti started his professional cartooning career in Kansas City where he worked for Hallmark Greeting Cards. Barsotti moved to New York where he became the cartoon editor for the Saturday Evening Post, and when the Saturday Evening Post stopped publishing in 1969, Barsotti became a staff cartoonist for The New Yorker.

Barsotti's work was published in The Los Angeles Times Syndicate, USA Today, USA Weekly, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Kansas City Star/Times and Playboy. Barsotti became well known for his P.J. McFey comic strip, which is published nationally in the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. In 1996, he became one of five cartoonists to be honored in a series of first-class postage stamps issued by the British post office.