Leo Dillon, an illustrator who collaborated with his wife, Diane, on dozens of books for children and adults and became the first black to receive the Caldecott Medal for children's books, has died. He was 79.
A longtime Brooklyn resident, Dillon died May 26 at New York's Long Island College Hospital from complications after lung surgery, publisher Scholastic Inc. announced.
Science fiction writer Harlan Ellison, a close friend, posted a note on his website that said: "Half my soul for 50 years went with him."
Leo and Diane Dillon met in 1953 at the Parsons School of Design in New York, where they were artistic rivals, and married four years later. An...