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William ‘Bill’ Berg

Walt Disney artist

William Berg, a Walt Disney Studios artist known for his Donald Duck cartoons and “Scamp” comicstrip, died March 2 of pneumonia in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. He was 84.

Tacoma, Wash., native attended art school in Los Angeles and joined Disney in 1938 as a trainee. He worked as an animator on segments of “Pinocchio” and later switched to the story department, creating the scripts for Donald Duck shorts.

Berg also was involved in creating the Dumbo ride and other attractions at Disneyland in the 1950s. He wrote for the “Mickey Mouse Club” and “Wonderful World of Disney” television shows and for educational films featuring Jiminy Cricket.

He additionally worked on the 1959 short “Donald in Mathmagic Land,” which was nominated for an Academy Award. He helped create the character of Ludwig Von Drake, Donald’s brainy uncle.

Before retiring in 1988, he wrote and sketched the syndicated Disney comicstrip “Scamp,” which appeared in more than 400 newspaper around the world.

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