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Gahan Wilson, New Yorker Cartoonist And Sag Harbor Resident, Dies At 89

Kathy Willens
Cartoonist Gahan Wilson gestures as New Yorker cartoon editor Robert Mankoff looks over Wilson's offerings at the magazine's offices in New York in 2001.

Cartoonist and longtime Sag Harbor resident Gahan Wilson died last month. 

Wilson’s best known work appeared in Playboy, The New Yorker and National Lampoon, where his regular comic strip, “Nuts,” highlighted the world of childhood trauma.

He had said in interviews his inspiration was genetic. His great-uncle was circus showman and Bridgeport Mayor P.T. Barnum.  

Wilson had advanced dementia and other health issues. He died at a memory care facility in Arizona.

He was 89.  

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.