Joseph St. Georges Bryan III ( April 30th, 1904 - April 3rd, 1993 ) was born in Laburnum ( Henrico County, Virginia, United States ). He was educated successively at Chamberlayne School ( later St. Christopher's School, Richmond, Virginia ), Episcopal High School ( Alexandria, Virginia ) and Princeton University ( New Jersey, United States ), where he earned a B.A. in 1927. During his time at Princeton, he edited the University's humor magazine, the Princeton Tiger.
Following graduation, Joseph Bryan III and several friends toured Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and India. From 1928 to 1930, he worked as a reporter and editorial writer for the Richmond News Leader and the Chicago Daily Journal ( both published by his uncle John Stewart Bryan, 1871 - 1944 ). The Great Depression made earning a living as a freelancer difficult and forced him into frequent job changes. He was Associate Editor of Parade magazine in Cleveland ( 1931 - 1932 ), then worked briefly for Time, Fortune, and the New Yorker.
From 1933 to 1937, he was Managing Editor of Town and Country. From 1937 until he resigned in June 1940, Joseph Bryan III was an Associate Editor of the Saturday Evening Post. As a result of his Reserve Officers' Training Corps work at Princeton, Joseph Bryan III held a commission as a Second Lieutenant, and then First Lieutenant, in the Field Artillery for several years following his graduation.
In January 1942, he was commissioned a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy and assigned to Naval Air Combat Intelligence in the Pacific. Reassigned to Naval Public Relations in 1944, Joseph Bryan III spent much of 1945 aboard the carrier U.S.S. Yorktown.
From the late 1940s until 1953, he worked for the Central Intelligence Agency with a concurrent commission as Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force, giving him the unusual distinction of having been an officer in all three major branches of the Armed Services. In 1953, Joseph Bryan was promoted to Colonel in the Air Force Reserve.
After leaving government service, Joseph Bryan III resumed his career as a freelance writer. From 1953 through 1974, he wrote about fifty articles for Holiday magazine and numerous pieces for other journals. Other pieces he published in national magazines included biographical works on the Aga Khan, the duke of Edinburgh, Britain's Princess Margaret, and Katharine Hepburn.
Married three times, Joseph Bryan III died of cancer at his home, Brooke Hill ( Richmond ), at the age of 88.
As a prolific writer, Joseph Bryan III has published and co - published several books, such as Mission Beyond Darkness ( with Philip reed, 1945 ), Admiral Halsey's Story ( with William F. Halsey, 1947 ), The World's Greatest Showman : The Life of P.T. Barnum ( 1956 ), The Sword over the Mantel : The Civil War and I ( 1960 ), The Windsor Story ( with Charles J.V. Murphy, 1979 ), Hodgepodge : A Commonplace Book ( 1987 ).
( sources : fr.findagrave.com, Wikipedia, www.encyclopediavirginia.org, brook-hill.net )