Guide to the Papers of Donald C. Guy, 1906 - 2000Manuscript ML-110

Biography

Donald Guy was born Nov. 13, 1913, in Middletown, CT. He attended the Tilton School in Tilton, NH, and then Dartmouth College. He graduated from Boston University and did graduate work in English and philosophy at Boston University, Harvard, and MIT. Guy worked briefly for the Standard-Times of New Bedford, MA, and the Daily Herald of Rutland, VT, before he joined the Associated Press in 1943 as the night editor of the photography department of the Boston bureau. A few years later, he became the head of this section and held the position for almost three decades. During this time, he wrote both news and science stories--covering topics/events such as America's Cup trials and races at Newport, the Newport-Bermuda races from Bermuda, the Empire Games in Vancouver, and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, MA, when the first Sputniks and American satellites were launched, respectively. As a long time member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, Guy often covered expedition stories for the AP, as well; he traveled to the Arctic with the Duke of Edinburg, the South Pole with Paul Siple (1956), and the Antarctic with Sir Edmund Hillary during the First International Geophysical Year (1957). Furthermore, as editor, he organized the coverage of Newport and Hyannis visitors - to note: President John F. Kennedy, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Churchill, MacMillan, Nehru, and Dulles. He was the first newsman to have a story relayed by satellite. In 1970, Guy became a regional reporter; he retired three years later. He died on April 19, 1986 at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Massachusetts.

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