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.

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

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.

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.


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.

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 a 1953 movie, Mister Scoutmaster.

Science FictionEdit

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

"Donald Keith" also contributed stories to Galaxy Science Fiction and Blue Book.

Using another pseudonym, Dale Colombo, Keith Monroe published in Boys' Life a 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.


  • Bob Harman and Keith Monroe (1950). Use Your Head in Tennis. Crowell.
  • Rice E. Cochran (1952). Be Prepared! The Life and Illusions of a Scoutmaster. Random House.
  • Donald Monroe and Keith Monroe (1962). How to Succeed in Community Service. Lippincott.
  • Keith Monroe (1963). California: How to Live, Work, and Have Fun in the Golden State. Random House.
  • Donald Keith (1963). Mutiny in the Time Machine. Random House.
  • Donald Keith (1967). Time Machine to the Rescue. illustrated by Albert Orbaan. Putnam.
  • Edward B. Lindaman and Keith Monroe (1969). Space: A New Direction for Mankind. Harper & Row.
  • William Hillcourt and Keith Monroe (1980). The Official Patrol Leader Handbook of the Boy Scouts of America. Boy Scouts of America.


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