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Frank McCourt dies at 78

July 20, 2009

Frank McCourt, Irish-American teacher and author of Angela’s Ashes and ‘Tis, died Sunday, July 19, 2009 just one month shy of his 79th birthday.

He was born in NYC, but as a child moved back to Ireland with his family, as they struggled with poverty. Once in Ireland, his family was still poverty-stricken, even worse than while in America. Frank almost died at the age of ten of typhoid fever. He has 3 surviving brothers and 3 siblings who died of famishment and malnutrition. Frank’s early childhood can be discovered through his memoir Angela’s Ashes.

He returned to the U.S. as a teenager, worked for a while, served in the US Military in Germany, and used his Montgomery G.I. Bill to get a degree from NYU. He went on to get a Master’s degree and become a teacher.

Here is an article from the NY Times on Frank’s career as a teacher.

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