SVA lost a distinguished member of its community last week with the death of longtime New York Daily News sports cartoonist Bill Gallo, 88. Gallo, who was educated at SVA in the 1950s, passed as a result of complications from pneumonia in White Plains Hospital, according to the Daily News.
Born in Manhattan on December 28, 1922, Gallo attended SVA under the GI Bill after returning from service with the Fourth Division of the Marine Corps during World War II. His 70-year career working for the Daily News began in high school as a copy boy. In 1960, Gallo became sports cartoonist for the Daily News, depicting key moments for sports teams such as the Yankees and creating iconic characters like Basement Bertha.
More than 15,000 cartoons later, Gallo is cherished for the illustrations that captured public sentiment behind moments such as the 1971 fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier and 9/11. Among the many awards and recognitions Gallo received are the Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Cartoonists Society, the Page One Journalism Award, induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, and a SVA alumni achievement award. His writings about his time in the Pacific earned him a Pulitzer Prize nomination. He had also been selected to receive a Medal of Honor at Ellis Island on May 7. His last cartoon was published in the Daily News on April 19.