Homer F. McLaren (known professionally and to family and friends as Fred McLaren), passed away on February 15, 2016 in Chicago at the age of 85. Army veteran of the Korean War. Alumnus of Chicago's American Academy of Art 1954-1957 under the tutelage of William Mosby. Commercial art director at RR Donnelly & Sons from the mid-60s to 1973. Syndicated newspaper cartoonist and creator of Thornsby from 1972-1975, published nationwide. Lifelong career as a free-lance artist and writer. Born in Springfield, IL, Fred lived in New Lenox, IL, London, Ontario, and in various suburbs of Detroit, MI before returning and retiring to his favorite city, Chicago. Admirer of the arts, collector of vintage memorabilia, and loyal Cubs fan. He leaves a large legacy of his art in all media, which his family and friends hope will be enjoyed for years to come.