Author Cleveland Amory: Lifetime Leader for Animals

Amory with Dog
Photo by Craig Fillippachi

Cleveland Amory, prominent humorist and humanitarian, founded The Fund for Animals in 1967 and served without pay as its president until his death in 1998. 

Amory was a best-selling author who began his literary success as president of the Harvard Crimson. Upon graduation, he became the youngest-ever editor at The Saturday Evening Post and served in Army Intelligence in World War II. After the war, he produced a trilogy of social history studies which are still acknowledged as classics -- The Proper Bostonians (still in print after 50 years), The Last Resorts, and Who Killed Society? At the same time, he served for eleven years as social commentator on The Today Show. From 1963 to 1976, Amory served as chief critic for TV Guide, while writing a weekly column for Saturday Review and a daily radio essay, Curmudgeon at Large

In 1974, he wrote Man Kind? Our Incredible War on Wildlife, which was widely attributed for launching the anti-hunting movement in the United States. Man Kind? was one of only a handful of books in history to be awarded an editorial in The New York Times, and the book even sparked a CBS documentary on hunting, The Guns of Autumn

From 1980 to 1998, Amory was senior contributing editor of Parade magazine. His three books about his famous cat, Polar Bear -- The Cat Who Came for Christmas, The Cat and the Curmudgeon, and The Best Cat Ever -- all became instant best-sellers, and are now available as The Compleat Cat, which contains all three in one volume. Amory's last release, Ranch of Dreams, tells the story of The Fund for Animals' Black Beauty Ranch, a sanctuary for hundreds of abused and abandoned animals. 

Cleveland Amory passed away on October 14, 1998, at the age of 81. His ashes are at Black Beauty Ranch in Texas, surrounded by the animals who inspired his work.