¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Ernest Osborne, a prominent NCFR leader, was appointed program chair of the National White House Conference on Family Life by President Harry S. Truman. This conference was held May 5–8, 1948, in Washington, DC, with the opening reception held at the White House.
¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Concurrently, David Mace and other leaders were preparing for a World Conference on the Family, to be held in Paris in June 1948. Leaders of NCFR were busy on all fronts.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 May 4–11, 1947, was declared “National Family Week” by a consortium of the Federal Council of the Churches of Christ, the Intercouncil Committee of Christian Family Life, and the United Councils of Church Women.
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 The 1947 Annual Conference was held at Hunter College, New York City, on November 28–30. Program chairs were Mr. and Mrs. George Denny. President Larry Frank’s address was titled “Needed: National Policies for American Families.” For some reason, there was no conference theme because this was considered a working conference. However, more than 600 individuals from 41 states and foreign countries attended. Nine national committees and representatives of 29 regional, state, and local councils gathered to work and give reports at a general session.
¶ 8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 By spring 1948, the organizational structure had expanded to include the Executive Committee, whose members included Larry Frank, President; Muriel Brown, Gladys H. Groves, and Nadina R Kavinoky, Vice Presidents; Dora Lewis, Secretary; Evelyn Millis Duvall, Executive Secretary; Max Rheinstein, Treasurer; Ernest W. Burgess, Editor of Marriage and Family Living; and Josiah K. Folsom and Emily Hartshorn Mudd, as Members-at-Large. The Board of Directors numbered 27, and the advisory council counted 48 members, including famed anthropologist Margaret Mead and seven physicians.
¶ 9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 [Sidebars: Paul Glick, NCFR leader and family analyst at the Federal Bureau of Census, published findings from the 1940 Census on families in Marriage and Family Living: The average woman is 21.6 yrs. old (medium age) at first marriage, husband is 24.3 yrs. old. First child is born in the first year of marriage, last (of an average of 3) about 5.6 years after marriage. These children marry when mother is 45–50 yrs. Wife expected to outlive spouse. Ave. life of husband is 61, wife is 74. Couple is expected to live ¼ of married life together after children leave. During family life cycle, home ownership increases, maximum income receipts, and maximum rental values of homes are found among families in which the head of household is 45–54 yrs. of age.]