The Roslindale Famous


~ Writers ~

walter alden dyer

Walter Alden Dyer was born in Roslindale on October 10, 1878 to Ebenezer Porter Dyer, Jr. and Martha Augusta Fearing. He is an American author and journalist. He graduated from Amherst College Class of 1900 where the Archives and Special Collections at Amherst College holds some of his papers. Mr. Dyer joined the staff of the Springfield Union in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1901, edited many publications, and became managing editor of Country Life in America (1906–1914). He was a prolific writer who contributed many articles to magazines, and published various work. He was one of the most famous writers of dog stories. Walter Alden Dyer died on June 20, 1943.  

brian mcgrory

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Brian McGrory is an American journalist, author and publishing executive. He graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine with a Bachelor of Arts in 1984. McGrory is the current editor-in-chief of The Boston Globe where he has worked for 27 years at different jobs such as Metro editor, White House reporter, national reporter, general assignment reporter, and suburban reporter. He won the Scripps-Howard award for commentary and the Sigma Delta Chi award for general column writing in 2011. McGrory's magazine was awarded the Pulitzer Prize Breaking News Reporting in 2014 for its coverage of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, and has been a finalist in four other categories over the last two years.  McGrory has also served as a White House reporter, and has authored four published novels and a memoir about his family’s pet rooster.

mary mcgrory

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Mary McGrory was born on August 22, 1918 in Roslindale.  She was educated at Girl’s Latin School, Emmanuel College and worked as a Journalist/Columnist from 1947 to 2003.  She won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary and Four Freedom Awards.  Mary specialized in American politics, she wrote over 8,000 columns, was a fierce opponent of the Vietnam War and was on Richard Nixon’s enemies list! It was noted by an observer who said that Mary is what you get when proximity to power, keen observation skills, painstaking reporting, judgmental streak, passionate liberalism and coalesce in a singularly talented writer.  Mary began her career after college as a book reviewer at the Boston Herald.  In 1947 she went to work for the Washington Star where her journalistic career began and rose to prominence as a reporter covering the McCarthy hearings in 1954 where she portrayed McCarthy as a typical neighborhood Irish bully.  She won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1975 for her articles on the Watergate Scandal.  In 1981 she worked for the Washington Post.  In 1985 she won the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Colby College, and in 1998 she won the Fourth Estate award from the National press.  Mary had a strong friendship with the Kennedy Family and wrote extensively about them. She and JFK were close in age, both of Irish descent and from Boston.  In 1968 she was assigned by the Star to travel with Robert F. Kennedy during his ill fated presidential campaign and became close to his wife Ethel at the time.  Mary McGrory died in Washington at the age of 85.