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Bill DeOre

Lawrence William DeOre was born in 1947 in Youngstown, Ohio. When he was 3 months old, his family moved to Dallas, Texas, where he attended parochial schools. He graduated from Jesuit High School in 1965 and received his Bachelor of Advertising Art and Design degree in 1970 from Texas Technological University.

DeOre began working for the Dallas Morning News in 1970 in its advertising department. One year later, he became the art director for the newspaper's Sunday supplement, Scene Magazine. It was during this time that he became friends with News cartoonists Bill McClanahan and Herc Ficklen. He became interested in their work and began by publishing one sports cartoon a week.

When McClanahan retired, DeOre became the sports cartoonist in addition to his position with Scene Magazine. By 1976, Ficklen had also retired, and DeOre became a full-time cartoonist, a position he shared with Jim Palmer. He spent 35 years at the Dallas Morning News, as an artist, art director and, most notably, editorial and sports cartoonist. He retired from the News in 2004.

DeOre has received many awards and national recognition, including the Fischetti Award for Outstanding Editorial Cartoon in 1983 and 10 Katie awards. He was a member of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists and has served on the Jesuit College Prep Alumni Board of Directors and the Jesuit College Prep Art Foundation Board of Directors. He also contributed to the Dallas Morning News Speakers Bureau.

DeOre is currently pursuing various art business and freelance interests at this time. He lives in Dallas, Texas, and has two grown sons, Will and Patrick.

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