Roy McKie was a talented cartoonist illustrator working for many book publishers, magazines, and advertising agencies in Philadelphia, London, England, and New York City from the 1950’s until the 1990’s. Roy was best known as a children’s book illustrator for many Beginner Books published by Random House Publishing with authors Dr. Seuss, Al Perkins, Bennett Cerf, Alice Low, Marion Holland, P.D. Eastman, and others.
He illustrated humorous books with Henry Beard on the subjects of Skiing, Sailing, Golfing, Cooking, and Fishing, published by the Workman Publishing Company. Roy also illustrated for Reader’s Digest. Some of his many books have been published in other countries and languages.
Roy was born in West Medford, MA, and while attending art school in Boston, Roy won the prestigious award of the “Prix de Rome”. In New York, Roy met June Reynard, who was a free-lance commercial artist.
June had worked for Vogue Pattern Book, taught art school in NYC, and had worked as an artist while traveling through Europe. She did work for Berkshire International doing Nomend, Berkshire, and Christian Dior stocking accounts, as well as she did fashion and story illustration and oil portraits.
Roy and June married in 1964, shared an art studio in Greenwich Village, NYC, and they traveled throughout the U.S. and the world. They especially enjoyed libraries, museums, art galleries, and old cemeteries during their travels.
Roy and June McKie retired in Lancaster County, PA after taking frequent trips to the Lancaster area during their 51 years of marriage.
Roy A. McKie, Jr. June Reynard McKie
1921 - 2015 1931 -
Title: "Drawing Past Time" with Love
Size: Life-size figures
Material: Patina Bronze
Location: Cedar Hill Cemetery, Ephrata, Pennsylvania