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The McCrindle Foundation
Remarks: Joseph M. McCrindle (1923-2008), resident of New York City and London, grew up in a Stanford White house on Fifth Avenue owned by his maternal grandfather, Joseph Fuller Feder, who with his wife Edith Mosler Feder, a daughter of the American painter Henry Mosler, raised the youth. McCrindle attended The Buckley School in New York, St. Paul's School in Concord, NH, and later Harvard University, graduating in the class of 1944. During World War II, he served in the OSS in London, achieving the rank of first lieutenant. After the war, McCrindle entered Yale Law School, graduating with the class of 1948. He quickly quit practicing law to take a position with Morrow Publishing. Later, he became an independent literary agent and represented such young writers as Phillip Roth, John McPhee, and Walter Clemens. In 1959, he founded the Transatlantic Review, publishing authors whom he could not otherwise get published such as John Updike, Joyce Carol Oates, William Trevor, Paul Bowles, and V.S. Pritchett, as well as artwork by artists like Jean Cocteau?remaining editor and publisher until its demise in 1977. Though he had established the Henfield Foundation (later the McCrindle Foundation) earlier, in 1980 McCrindle began awarding the Henfield Prize to young writers, such as Sue Miller, Harriet Doerr (later a National Book Award winner), Walter Mosley, Ann Patchett, Ethan Canin, A.M. Holmes, and Mona Simpson. The McCrindle Foundation continues to award the Henfield Writing Prize to students enrolled at Columbia University, the University of Southern Mississippi, and the University of Florida, Gainesville, as these institutions provided the largest number of winners in years past. However, Mr. McCrindle's most lasting legacy is the gift of his eclectic art collection to over thirty institutions in the United States and England, which accords with his funding of scholarships, internships, fellowships, and social justice organizations.