Here's an excerpt from the Los Angeles Times' obit: "Born Janice Grant in Philadelphia on July 26, 1923, she met Stan in a first-year drawing class at the Philadelphia Museum of Industrial Art in 1941. During World War II, he served in the Army as a medical artist, while she completed her studies at Philadelphia College of Art and worked as a riveter in a factory assembling flying boats for the military.
"They were married in 1946, a few weeks after Stan's discharge, and began collaborating on cartoons for the Saturday Evening Post and Colliers. They found success with domestic humor, finding something laughable in burnt dinners and squabbles over who used up the toothpaste.
"By 1956, they were the parents of two boys, Mike and Leo, and began drawing a monthly feature for McCall's magazine called 'It's All in the Family.'
"In the early 1960s, spurred by their sons' love of Dr. Seuss books, they decided to try writing and illustrating a children's book. They took the story about a family of lovable, human-like bears to Dr. Seuss himself, Theodor Geisel, who was editor-in-chief and president of Beginner Books, a division of Random House.
"Geisel provided crucial input. He shortened the authors' first names so they rhymed. Thus, Stanley became Stan and Janice Jan."