John Thomas Gould, an author and veteran columnist for the Christian Science Monitor, died on Sept. 1 of congestive heart failure and pneumonia. He was 94.
Gould graduated from Bowdoin College in 1931, and later received honorary doctorates from Bowdoin and the University of Maine. His professional journalism career began in 1924 when he started working as a reporter for the Brunswick Record. He stayed there for 16 years and occasionally contributed essays to the paper for old time’s sake.
Freelance writing led to a position as a featured writer for the Boston Sunday Post. In 1942, Gould started writing a popular column for the Christian Science Monitor. It was published every week for over six decades.
During his lengthy journalism career, Gould published articles and syndicated columns in nearly every magazine and newspaper in America. He did a daily radio show for WLAM in Lewiston, Maine, a weekly show for WBZ in Boston, and frequently contributed to the Trans-Canada English network of CBC.
Gould lectured at colleges across the country, and in his spare time, wrote 30 books including ” Tales From Rhapsody Home: Or, What They Don’t Tell You About Senior Living,” “Farmer Takes a Wife” and “Next Time Around: Some Things Pleasantly Remembered.” In 2001, he was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism.
John Gould Columns