John J.McCormick Newspaper artist

October 04, 1990

A Mass of Christian burial for John J. McCormick, who retired 31 years ago as chief artist at Baltimore's News Post and American, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 5500 York Road in Govans.

Mr. McCormick, who was 97, died Saturday of cancer at his home on East Lake Avenue.

His retirement in 1959 ended more than three decades on the paper. His work included courtroom sketches during trials and supervision of the work of other artists and photographers. He also had a career painting portraits and landscapes. He was a member of the Charcoal Club.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. McCormick was educated in the public schools and the Gary Army-Navy Preparatory School. He studied art at the Maryland Institute, the Parsons School of Design in New York and for a time in Paris.

During and after World War I, he served as an officer in the Navy who saw duty on ships ranging from submarine chasers to a battleship.

Before joining the News Post in 1928, he worked as a commercial artist in New York.

His wife, the former Evelyn Furlong, died in 1978.

He is survived by two sons, John J. McCormick Jr. of Long Green and Andrew McCormick of Baldwin; a daughter, Patricia McCormick of Silver Spring; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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