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Walter Lord

Walter Lord, American author.


  • Lord, Walter was born on October 8, 1917 in Baltimore. Son of John Walter and Henrietta Mactier (Hoffman) Lord.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Princeton University, 1939. Bachelor of Laws, Yale University, 1946.


    • Editor business information services, 1946-1953. Engaged in advertising, 1953-1956. Civilian aide to secretary army for Southern New York area, 1964-1966.


    • Lonely Vigil: Coastwatchers of the Solomons
    • it is the first complete account of the coastwatchers of the solomons, the remarkable band of individualist who operate deep behid japanese lines in the dark days of 1942-1943 living by their wits,with the help of friendly natives, they gave us our best intelligence, rescued our downed flyers.
    • Lonely Vigil: Coastwatchers of the Solomons (Bluejacket Books)
    • Called a stirring tale of forgotten heroes splendidly told by a master narrator, this saga of the valiant coastwatchers of the Pacific War exemplifies that rare combination of careful research and exciting narrative style that became a hallmark of Walter Lord's best-selling books.
    • A Time to Stand
    • On the morning of March 6, 1836, in an old abandoned mission called the Alamo, a small Texas garrison fought to the death rather than yield to an overwhelming army of Mexicans.


    Board directors Union Settlement, New York City, since 1959, chairman, 1962-1964. Board directors Municipal Art Society, New York City, 1958-1967. Trustee New York Society Library, since 1963, Museum City New York, 1964-1972, New York History Society, since 1965.

    Trustee Society of America Historians, since 1972, president, 1981-1984. Trustee Gilman School, Baltimore, 1962-1980, Council Authors Guild, Inc., 1966-1972, Council Authors League, 1972-1983, secretary, 1975-1980. Trustee New York State Maritime Museum, 1968-1979, South St. Seaport Museum, since 1980, Ocean Liner Museum, since 1982.

    Member advisory board Protect Historic American. Member Society of America Historians, Authors Guild, American Society of Composers Clubs: 14 W. Hamilton St. (Baltimore). Century Association (New York City).

    Metropolitan (Washington).
    Walter Lord
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    Born October 8, 1917
    Died May 19, 2002
    (aged 84)
    • 1939
      Princeton University
    • 1946
      Yale University
    • 1946 - 1953
      Editor business information services
    • 1953 - 1956
      engaged in advertising
    • 1964 - 1966
      civilian aide to secretary, army for Southern New York area