Janet Perlman reports:
I have some very sad news. Derek passed away last night, after having had cancer for a number of years. He has been in Washington State for a few months, where he was staying with his friend Dal Lamagna. His wife, Tracie Smart, was at his side. I understand that he was at peace. I spoke to him last week and he was still enthusiastic about various film and music projects despite being very weak.
Derek Lamb started his animation career with the National Film Board of Canada in the 1960s. He has worked extensively as a writer, director and producer in Canada, the US and Europe, both in commercial and experimental film. For six years, during the 1970s and 1980s, he served as Director of the National Film Board of Canada. He won an Oscar for producing EVERY CHILD (1979). He was most recently an executive producer on the PBS animated pre-school series Peep And The Big Wide World.