Roland Gammon

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Roland I. Gammon was an American writer, publicist, and founder of World Authors, Ltd.

Early life[edit]

Roland Irvine Gammon was born on 17 November 1915 to Charles C. Gammon and Helen Fern (Irvine) Gammon in Caribou, Maine.[1] Charles Gammon worked as a druggist in Caribou,[2] but his ancestors had lived in Canada for multiple generations.[3] Roland Gammon resided in Caribou until he entered Colby College about 1933[4] and after graduation continued his studies at Oxford University.[5][6]

Career in Writing[edit]

By the time he joined the military during World War II he listed his occupation as writer.[7] He served with the United States Air Corps,[5] and after the war became a reporter for Time-Life.[5] He married Jean Thompson in 1947 and was divorced in 1960.[6] Jean was described as a "women's representative" for Scandinavian Airlines System(SAS) and wrote travel brochures under the name "Sally Ann Simpson."[8]

Religious Writings[edit]

In 1954 he co-authored with Henry James Forman the book Truth Is One; The Story of the World's Great Living Religions in Pictures and Text.[9]

In the 1960s and 1970s, Gammon devoted increasing amounts of time to writing, resulting in four more books on religion: All Believers Are Brothers,[10] Faith Is a Star,[11] A God For Modern Man.[12] and Nirvana Now,[13] Nirvana Now was seven years in preparation and was his final work.[14]

New York City[edit]

In the 1950s, Gammon was part of a publicity team in mid-town Manhattan, whose clients included Senator John F. Kennedy. Gammon was president Editorial Communications Inc.[5] He was also past president of the Universalist Church in New York City and dean of its all-faith chapel.[5] Notable contacts in Gammon's life as a writer included Walt Disney[15] and Albert Schweitzer, the latter assisted by Gammon in preparing a statement of his philosophy just weeks before his death in 1965.[16] Near the end of his life he founded World Authors Ltd.[5]

Philosophy of life[edit]

Gammon was clearly religious and had worked out his philosophy of life, as quoted in a newspaper article announcing his death.

Because in my view, there is no separation in death, I feel that death is a part of life and that life continues as the divine adventure. . . In reality, life and death are one [and but] different aspects of harmony and happiness.[17]

Gammon reportedly collapsed and died on 8 April 1981 near his residence in Manhattan.[5] He was 65.[5][17]


  1. ^ " Maine, Birth Records, 1621-1922 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.". Ancestry. Retrieved 7 Jan 2013. 
  2. ^ "Portrait in the 1800s". Aroostook Republican and News. July 17, 1974. 
  3. ^ "Johnson Jr. Family Tree". Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "U.S. School Yearbooks [database on-line]. Provo, UT". Retrieved 7 Jan 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "Roland I. Gammons, 86, Lecturer and Author of Books on Religion". New York Times. 14 Apr 1981. 
  6. ^ a b "Roland I. Gammon". Contemporary Authors. Gale Literary Dayabases. Retrieved 30 Jan 2013. 
  7. ^ "National Archives and Records Administration. U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA". Retrieved 7 Jan 2013. 
  8. ^ "Traveler Enjoys Shopping in Russia". Oregonian. 5 Sep 1956. Retrieved 16 Jan 2013. 
  9. ^ Forman, Henry James & Roland Gammon (1954). Truth is One: the Story of the World's Great Living Religions in Pictures and Text. New York: Harper & Bros. 
  10. ^ Gammon, Roland (1969). All Believers are Brothers. New York, NY: Doubleday. 
  11. ^ Gammon, Roland (1963). Faith is a Star. E. P. Dutton. 
  12. ^ Gammon, Roland (1968). A God For Modern Man. New York: Sayre Ross Co. 
  13. ^ Gammon, Roland (1980). Nirvana Now. New York, NY: World Authors. 
  14. ^ Smith, Margaret (22 Dec 1980). "'Nirvana Now' Relates Spiritual Odyssey, Life of Caribou Native". Bangor Daily News. 
  15. ^ "Walt Disney Quotes". Retrieved 10 Jan 2013. 
  16. ^ Schweitzer, Albert. "Schweitzer's Struggle to Find Life's Meaning". Retrieved 7 Jan 2013. 
  17. ^ a b Smith, Margaret (Apr 11–12, 1981). "Author Roland Gammon Stressed Brotherhood". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 7 Jan 2013.