On this day in 2005, veteran Disney artist Vance Gerry passed away in Pasadena, California. A storyman, layout artist, character designer, and visual development artist, Gerry was regarded as one of the most talented and creative artists in the animation business.
Up until his death on March 5, he continued to work closely with such old-time veterans as Joe Grant and Burny Mattinson ... the three often being lovingly referred to as the "Geriatricals."
Gerry started with Disney in 1955 and went on to contribute to such classics as The Jungle Book, The Aristocats, Robin Hood, The Rescuers, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron, Oliver & Company, and Hercules.
Besides his Disney work, he also operated his own letterpress publishing label - The Weatherbird Press.
A memorial was held for Vance Gerry 6 days later at Annandale Golf Club in Pasadena.
Click HERE for more March 05 Disney history.