Buffalo George Toomer: December 1942 – July 13th, 2009

George Toomer, legendary illustrator, ad man, social critic and great friend of the DSVC passed away in his sleep at his Dallas home Monday July 13th. George received over 200 advertising awards including the DSVC’s lifetime achievement award, the Golden Egg. George was a shining light in our beloved industry and his passion, wit and thoughtful commentary will be missed by us all.

Friends have set a date for the celebration of his life. All are welcome to attend.

Where:
Stoneleigh P
2926 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX 75201

When:
August 23rd 4:30 PM

For more information about Buffalo George’s career, friends and life, are remembered by dallas news.com, KERA's Art & Seek, and D Magazine.
 

Comments

Anonymous Said:

He will be missed.
on Jul. 28, 2009

Ed Zachow Said:

George was one of the first people I showed my portfolio to after going on my own. I didn’t know anything about him, I just was told I should talk to him. I called a few times before he finally said “Tell me your history” (this was before electronic resumes and etc). I told him I had been with The Richard Group briefly he stopped me there and said, “briefly”? Come on by. He told me I had good stuff, too good to be working for someone else. He might have just been a good liar, but I liked him from then on. lol He had to be the only person I’ve known more laid back than me. I loved his drawing style and used him a few times, plus even more on concept/layouts. I always was amazed at how easily good ideas just rolled off his tongue during our meetings. For a short time it got to be where I could dropped in on him just to say hey, while driving down Cole ave. Unfortunately he moved and the computer came into power and we’ve all become self-contained pods- no more farming this and that out- dropping off type at midnight and chatting with the typesetter about how are the kids are. Our industry has really changed and I don’t get out very often to see my comrades any more- and now there’s one less one to bump into somewhere. Dang.
on Jul. 29, 2009

Anonymous Said:

More wanna be artist have knocked off his wonderful drawing style than I can count. Dick's wouldn't be what it is today without that talent in those ads... rock on G, we're gonna miss you.
on Aug. 7, 2009

Aaron Barker Said:

I was his assistant for almost three years and I'll tell you I can't explain what an influence George was on me. I'll never be the same. I didn't grow up in the sixties, but I feel like I got some of the rebel mind set of the sixties from George and a couple other special people as well. George wouldn't do anything if it wasn't fun (even earn money), which is a lot different than the younger generations mind set of I'll kiss anyone's ass for a buck. I'll take that to my grave. That doesn't mean I don't like earning money, but I won't sell my soul to do it. Buffalo George taught me that. I love the man and always will. -Aaron Barker
on Aug. 10, 2009

Carey Earle Said:

I was in the business for 20 years before I finally met George. He did some wonderful drawings comic book style for me 20 years ago for a Centex campaign. Splendid man.
on Aug. 13, 2009

Patrick Foss Said:

Hi Guys, Great story, wrong time on the Memorial at he Stoneleigh P... it should read 4:30pm! Thanks, Pat
on Aug. 16, 2009

Paul Booth Said:

I got to work with George on a project, and he opened my mind up to what design can be. I'll miss him.
on Sep. 3, 2009

Robert Fox Said:

Over 20 years ago, when in my creative consulting persona, George and several other exceptional free out-of-the-laptop thinkers and I collaborated on several projects. It didn't matter whether or not anything actually survived conception, the creative intercourse was everything. Bar napkins were common ground. One wonderful project that never happened (with George, Rex Peteet et al) was an annual report for Hard Rock Cafe where separate designers where each to have responsibility for one entire section -- from paper stock to artwork. Recollections like these are proof that ideas outlast their creators. George was beyond all doubt, one of the very best. May his imagination inspire forever.
on Oct. 6, 2009

tom Said:

I once had the pleasure of hearing George give a talk about his work....well, more about his approach to his work. Make good work. Make it fun. I still regard that brief one hour one of the most inspirational times in my design education. He will be missed.
on Nov. 8, 2009

Christie Said:

George was my uncle and i know he tried to do his the best at everything he did in life. But he never looked at his self any different then anyone else. He never looked down on anyone know matter how or what you did in your life. He never judged anyone no matter what. In his eyes everyone makes mistakes. He would say well its just time to pick back up and try again at what you can to go forward in life.. And try to do your best at everything... I MISS HIM MORE THEN ANYTHING.. LOVE YOU UNCLE GEORGE
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