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Irwin Touster was born in 1921. While serving in the United States Armed Forces during World War Two, Touster was a cartoonist for Yank, a magazine for servicemembers. Following his return from overseas, Touster cartooned for several publications including the New Yorker and the Saturday Review of Literature. He received a bachelor's degree from New York University and pursued graduate studies in Art Education at the University of New Hampshire. Touster chaired the Fine Arts Department of Parsons beginning in 1974, and simultaneously served as the art critic for the Woodstock Time. He retired from Parsons in 1992. Touster's work has been shown at a number of galleries. He is also the author of several books, including a memoir, the Motel and Other Digressions (2012).

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Parsons School of Design Centenary oral history project

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Interview with Irwin Touster

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