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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Raymond Koch  

Pen Name: Charles Raymond

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1910

-- Raymond Koch on WorldCat --
-- Charles Raymond on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Koch lived in Chicago for many years. He died while living in Roger's Park, Illinois in 1994.

Biographical and Professional Information

Koch was a self-employed carpenter, 1950-72. In the 1960's, he wrote children's books with his wife, Charlotte Koch, under joint pen name of Charles Raymond. In 1972 Koch and his wife also published an account of Commonwealth College entitled Educational Community.Koch was involved in various social causes throughout his life. During the late 1920s and 1930s he studied and taught at Commonwealth College in Mena, Arkansas, where impoverished students received an education in exchange for twenty hours of work per week. Koch later served as educational director for the electrical workers union in St. Louis, Missouri, and from 1950 to 1972 he worked as a carpenter.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Up from Appalachia

Follett Pub. Co. 1966

SYNOPSIS: "Life for the Cantrell family of Kentucky was a struggle against hunger, poor living conditions, and disappointment. But things began to change when Bart, the older son, returned home from his trucking job in Chicago, determined to establish his family in a place where they could find employment, a decent place to live, and better schooling for the children. Many things, both humorous and sad happened to the Cantrells as they struggled to adjust, to accept, and to be accepted."

The trouble with Gus

Follett Pub. Co. 1968

Gus's world is dim when her best friend moves away, her father loses his job, and she views her neighborhood as a developing slum invaded by "foreign" minority groups. But her family's interest in the community center, her own effort to make friends, and her father's pleasure in his new job help her to find security and patience with the present


Houghton Mifflin Company. 1968


Houghton Mifflin. 1969

Educational Commune: The Story of Commonwealth College
ISBN: 0805234640

Schocken Books. 1972

Book by Koch, Raymond, Koch, Charlotte


''Best Juvenile Novel Award'' from Friends of American Writers for ''Jud''