dick mcdonough, author of ‘Great Golf Collections’ 1942-2021

Richard McDonough, (GHS member No. 01611) passed away Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Please click here to visit his obituary.

To this we might add, from his GHS family, how much we appreciated his many contributions and articles on subjects close to his heart, from early magazine illustrations to original drawings, and dutch tiles and early paintings that portray kolf, or colf, early predecessors of the game. He had been a member of the GHS since March 1983.

He had hoped to begin a book that would present an examination of magazine and graphic illustration from its early days in the 20th century. In 2017 he presented an outline of the topic to the Annual General Meeting of the GCS at the Pine Needles Lodge in Southern Pines, N.C. Few knew more about this subject than he.

Dick McDonough during a presentation on early American illustrators at the 2017 GCS annual general meeting in Southern Pines, N.C.

GHS Editor Jim Davis, who worked closely with Mr. McDonough, both on his book, Great Golf Collections of the World (2013, with Pete Georgiady) and on his many contributions to the GCS/GHS magazine, said that his enthusiasm for his golf collecting interests was rarely matched. 

“Dick had a remarkable ability to go deeply on a topic,” Davis says. “Whether it was early golf illustrators or his later interests in Dutch tiles, he was fascinated by the evolution of depictions of the game. That communicated through his writings, his world-class golf collection, and his conversations, which, I can share in fond remembrance, were not brief. When he warmed to a subject, he did not let go easily. I will miss those phone calls and our rare face-to-face meetings at trade shows.”

“Dick and I worked for three years compiling the Great Golf Collections book,” said his co-author Pete Georgiady. “While the information gathering and writing was fun, we greatly enjoyed the time we spent together reminiscing about our two careers at IBM.”

Author Dick McDonough proudly displays his new book, the work of some five years of research and collaborations, at the 2013 GCS annual general meeting in Southern Pines, N.C.