David McCord

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David Thompson Watson McCord (December 15, 1897 New York City – April 13, 1997) was an American poet and college fundraiser.


He grew up in Portland, Oregon and graduated from Harvard University. His work appeared in Harper's.[1]

He raised millions of dollars as executive director of the Harvard College Fund.[2]


  • Golden Rose Award
  • 1954 Guggenheim Fellow[3]
  • 1961 National Institute of Arts and Letters grant
  • 1977, the first national award for Excellence in Poetry for Children from the National Council of Teachers of English
  • Rudyard Kipling Fellow at Marlboro College in Vermont
  • Benjamin Franklin Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts in London

Two collections of poems, The Star in the Pail and One at a Time were 1976 and 1978 finalists for the National Book Award, Children's Literature.[4]


On Halloween, what bothers some
About these witches, is how come
In sailing, through the air, like bats
They never seem, to lose their hats?[5]

A review of Cram & Ferguson's design for the New England Mutual Life Insurance Company building in Boston's Back Bay upon its 1939 dedication:

Ralph Adams Cram
One morning said damn
And designed the Urn Burial
For a concern actuarial.[6]



  • Oddly Enough. Washburn & Thomas. 1926. 
  • Far and few: rhymes of the never was and always is. Illustrator Henry B Kane. Little, Brown. 1952. ISBN 978-0-316-55502-9. 
  • About Boston: sight, sound, flavor & inflection. Doubleday. 1948. 
  • An Acre for Education. Crimson Printing Co. 1954. 
  • Odds Without Ends. Little, Brown & Co. 1954. 
  • Take Sky. Little Brown & Company. 1962. ISBN 978-0-316-55509-8. 
  • Every Time I Climb A Tree. Little, Brown & Co. 1967. 
  • All Day Long. Bantam Books. 1971. ISBN 978-0-440-40376-0. 
  • The Star in the Pail. Little, Brown and Company. 1975. ISBN 0-316-55515-0. [4]
  • One At A Time. Little, Brown and Company. 1977. [4]
  • Dinosaurs. Educational Development Corporation. 1977. ISBN 978-0-88110-119-5. 



  • David Thompson Watson McCord, ed. (1955). What Cheer: an anthology of American and British humorous and witty verse, gathered, sifted, and salted, with an introduction. Modern Library. 


  • Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1936). Modern American poetry: a critical anthology. Harcourt, Brace and company. 
  • David Lehman, John Brehm, eds. (2006). The Oxford book of American poetry. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-516251-6. 


  1. ^ Hartman, Lee Foster; Allen, Frederick Lewis (1953-01-01). Harper's Magazine. Harper & Brothers. 
  2. ^ Affairs, Harvard Office of News and Public. "David McCord, Fundraiser, Poet, Dies at 99". www.news.harvard.edu. Archived from the original on 2016-04-18. Retrieved 2016-04-13. 
  3. ^ http://www.gf.org/fellows/all?index=m&page=11
  4. ^ a b c "National Book Awards – 1970". NBF. Retrieved 2012-02-08. (Select 1976 and 1978 from the top left menu.)
  5. ^ "David McCord, poet". The Boston Globe. April 15, 1997. 
  6. ^ Shand-Tucci, Douglass, Built in Boston: City and Suburb, 1880-2000, Revised and Expanded Edition (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2000), p. 183.

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