Richards, Guy, 1905-

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1905 May 18 - 1979 January 3

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GUY RICHARDS was born on May, 18 1905 in New York, New York to Alice Lydia Reese and Guy Richards.

Richards joined the Whitney South Expedition in 1927 with Hannibal Hamlin as a field assistant and researcher. The AMNH Whitney South Sea Expedition was an ornithological expedition originated by Dr. Leonard C. Sanford and funded by Harry Payne Whitney, with the mission of systematically exploring Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia for previously undiscovered or little-known bird specimens. It was the largest ornithological expedition ever conceived. Active field research was conducted from 1920 to 1941.

Guy Richards graduated from Yale in 1927 with a Ph.B. After leaving WSSE in 1929, Richards pursued a career in journalism. He briefly worked as a reporter for The New York Sun but soon moved to The Daily News, as a reporter.

Richards served with the First Marines at Guadalcanal during World War II. After being discharged before the war’s end, Richards served as a news correspondent in the South Pacific. He was later appointed a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve.

After the war Richards reported and wrote features for The Journal American and later became city editor. He was with the journal from 1949-1966. Richards received numerous journalism awards throughout his career including the New York Newspaper Guild Page 1 award in 1954 and 1956. He published many books, fiction and non-fiction.

Richards was married in 1932. They had one daughter, Antonia Girard. Richards and his first wife divorced in 1938. Richards married Mary Spence Francis on August 26, 1940. They had one daughter, Pamela Smith. Guy Richards died on January 3, 1979 at the age of 73.

Sources

    Library of Congress Name Authority File: nr00005347
    “Guy Richards, at 73, A Former City Editor of Journal-American.” The New York Times (New York, NY), January 5, 1979.
    Murphy, Robert Cushman. Oceanic Birds of South America. New York: American Museum of Natural History, c1936.
    Reginald, R. “Guy Richards.” Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, Volume 2, 1047. Rockville: Wildside Press LLC, 2010.

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