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Keith Monroe
Born(1915-08-22)August 22, 1915
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
DiedAugust 30, 2003(2003-08-30) (aged 88)
Berkeley, California, U.S.
Other namesDonald Keith, Dale Colombo, Rice E. Cochran
OccupationAuthor and Boy Scout leader
Known forTime Machine stories

Keith Monroe (22 August 1915 – 30 August 2003) was an American author of children's science fiction and of books and magazine articles about Boy Scouting.[1]

Monroe attended Stanford University and UCLA. He worked as a reporter for the New York Herald Tribune, for advertising and public relations firms, and for North American Rockwell. At times, he was a full-time freelance writer.[citation needed]

His work appeared in such magazines as Saturday Evening Post, New Yorker, |Harper's, Blue Book, Galaxy, Argosy, Boys' Life, and Scouting. His pseudonyms included Donald Keith, Rice E. Cochran, and Dale Colombo.[2]


Monroe was deeply involved with Scouting. He served as Scoutmaster for Troop 2 in Santa Monica, California from its founding in December 1945 until 1987.[1]

He wrote articles for Scouting, the magazine for adult Scout leaders; merit badge instruction pamphlets; and fiction for Boys' Life. Under the name Rice E. Cochran, he published Be Prepared!, a humorous memoir of his experiences as a Scoutmaster.It was the basis for the 1953 movie Mister Scoutmaster.[1]

Monroe was a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award.[2]

Science fiction

Collaborating under the pseudonym Donald Keith with his father, Donald Monroe, Keith Monroe wrote the Time Machine series, originally published in Boys' Life between 1959 and 1989.[2]

Donald Keith also contributed stories to Galaxy Science Fiction and Blue Book.[citation needed]

Using the pseudonym Dale Colombo, Keith Monroe published in Boys' Lifea series about Scouts in space, featuring a protagonist named Ed Linden, set aboard the spaceship Magellan. These Scouts had been born in interstellar space during the decades-long journey from Earth to planets orbiting a distant star.[citation needed]


  • Harman, Bob; Monroe, Keith (1950). Use Your Head in Tennis. Crowell. ISBN 9780690005844.
  • Cochran, Rice E. (1952). Be prepared!: The life and illusions of a scoutmaster. Random House.
  • Monroe, Donald; Monroe, Keith (1962). How to Succeed in Community Service. Lippincott. ASIN B001UXCLWG.
  • Monroe, Keith (1963). California: How to Live, Work, and Have Fun in the Golden State. Random House. ASIN B000L1V4FS.
  • Keith, Donald (1963). Mutiny in the Time Machine. illustrated by Marilyn Miller. Random House. ASIN B0007E9SWA.
  • Keith, Donald (1967). Time Machine to the Rescue. illustrated by Albert Orbaan. Putnam. ASIN B0006BRBWS.
  • Lindaman, Edward B.; Monroe, Keith (1969). Space: A New Direction for Mankind. Harper & Row. ASIN B00005WX6A.
  • Hillcourt, William; Monroe, Keith (1980). The Official Patrol Leader Handbook (3 ed.). Boy Scouts of America. ISBN 978-0839565123.

Further reading


  1. ^ a b c "Keith Monroe". Scouting. May 2004. p. 6.
  2. ^ a b c Mac Gardner (January 1970). He Stayed for the Dividends. Scouting. p. 18. Retrieved October 12, 2011.
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