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Dick Adair, an editorial cartoonist who amused and sometimes outraged Hawaii newspaper readers for more than three decades, died at his Hawaii Kai home Monday from cancer. He was Adair was best known to Hawaii residents as the longtime cartoonist for The Honolulu Advertiser, which hired him in and then let him go during staff cuts 27 years later.
Adair was remembered by family and friends Tuesday mostly for his dry, acerbic humor and his ability to quickly draw on current events and news stories to make broader points about society. Politicians were among the most frequent targets of his penned commentary.
A native of Chicago and lover of art, dance and theater, Adair held many jobs, especially in his younger years. At times he was a merchant seaman, dancer for a Mexican ballet company, theater actor, blimp pilot, Navy journalist and war correspondent for the military newspaper Stars and Stripes.
I tend to get very romantic and overly optimistic. He tended to be very realistic, so he was a good balance for me. Margot said Adair sketched up until January, even drawing on his bedsheets and the bedroom wall at their Hawaii Kai home. Margot finally put her foot down late last year: She forbade him to draw on his bedroom curtains.
Adair frequently would bring the cartoon he drew for the Advertiser that day to show the regulars at the bar. When Adair aimed his sketched barbs at the late Mayor Frank Fasi, the fiesty politician sometimes would send a letter complaining to Adair.
There was no animus. No services are scheduled.
Adair donated his body to the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine for science. Submit your coronavirus news tip. By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Terms of Service. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. Report comments if you believe they do not follow our guidelines. Having trouble with comments? Learn more here.
He married wife Margot in in Manila, and the couple moved to Hawaii five years later.
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