Looking Back: Winter 2019
Author: Kathryn Kirkland
Posted: February 1, 2019
Bruce McGillivray's caricatures

50 years ago

PRESIDENTIAL hopeful Eugene McCarthy spoke on campus just four days before the November 1968 election. Earlier, Democratic nominee Hubert Humphrey spoke at the Civic Auditorium, where students and faculty walked out in the middle of his speech. Bruce McGillivray, editor of the Viking 1969 yearbook, included his caricatures of these speakers and others who came to Portland that academic year in the yearbook.

Obviously talented, McGillivray was in demand and joined a graphic design firm in Rochester, N.Y., before he could finish his degree. 

Oscar-nominated animator Bill Plympton, who worked with McGillivray on the Viking, credits McGillivray with helping him to get his start. “He’s a brilliant caricaturist, and he was a huge influence on me,” wrote Plympton in his book Make Toons that Sell.

McGillivray spent his career as an illustrator and art director in New York, California and Oregon. Now retired but still drawing, he and his wife, Anita Malady ’68, live in Portland.

Bruce McGillivray (left) and Larry SmithCaption: Bruce McGillivray (left) and Larry Smith work on the Viking 1968 yearbook. McGillivray’s caricatures of Eugene McCarthy, Hubert Humphrey, George Wald and Wayne Morse decorate the speakers page in the 1969 yearbook.