Sketch artist dies in California

Sept. 24, 2010 at 9:58 AM
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PARKFIELD, Calif., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Howard Brodie, a sketch artist who covered three wars and numerous high-profile court cases including the trial of Charles Manson, has died, his son said.

Brodie's death was confirmed by his son Bruce, The New York Times reported.

He died at his home near Parkfield, Calif., Sunday. He was 94.

Brodie was a staff artist at the San Francisco Chronicle before enlisting in the Army during World War II where he covered the last days of the Guadalcanal campaign. He was then sent to Europe where he sketched his way with the troops through France, Belgium and Germany. He won a Bronze Star for Valor.

One of his sketches of a German soldier being executed was banned by the military.

"A defenseless human is entirely different than a man in action," he wrote in a caption to one of the drawings. "To see these three young men calculatingly reduced to quivering corpses before my eyes really burned into my being."

After his military service he became one of the top news artists in the United States, working mostly for the CBS Evening News, which he joined in 1964, the newspaper said.

The famous court cases he sketched included the trials of the Chicago Seven, Patty Hearst, Jack Ruby and Sirhan Sirhan. There were many more.

Brodie was born in Oakland, Calif., Nov. 28, 1915, and attended high school in San Francisco.

His wife, Isabel, a daughter, Wendy, and his son Bruce survive him.

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