Tom Gill (writer)

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Thomas Harvey Gill (January 21, 1891[1] – May 21, 1972[2]) was a leader in American forestry, adventurer, writer of popular fiction and editor of an academic journal.


Gill served as a forester with the U.S. Forest Service from 1915 to 1925. From 1926 to 1960, he served as secretary and forester for the Charles Lathrop Pack Forestry Foundation. He played an important role in establishing the forestry division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and founded the International Society of Tropical Foresters.


In 1938, along with Harry Stack Sullivan and Ernest E. Hadley he founded the interdisciplinary journal Psychiatry: Journal of the Biology and Pathology of Interpersonal Relations (now Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes).[1][3][4]


Tom Gill authored many popular and academic works. His fiction centered on stories of adventure involving cowboys, forest rangers, and frontier characters. His 12 books of fiction included Guardians of the Desert, Death Rides the Mesa, North to Danger, Firebrand, and No Place for Women.

Fox Movietone adapted Gill's story The Gay Bandit of the Border, releasing the film as The Gay Caballero in 1932.

End of life[edit]

Tom Gill died at the age of 81.


  1. ^ a b Who's Who in the South and Southwest. Marquis Who's Who. 1952. p. 288. 
  2. ^ "Society Affairs: Tom Gill Revealed as Anonymous Donor". Journal of Forestry. 70 (8): 520. August 1, 1972. 
  3. ^ Perry, Helen Swick (1982). Psychiatrist of America: The Life of Harry Stack Sullivan. Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press. p. 365. ISBN 0-674-72076-8. 
  4. ^ "Collaboration and Conflict: Ernest E. Hadley and Harry Stack Sullivan, 1930-1945". Journal of American Academy of Psychoanalysis. 21: 387–404. 1993. 

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