¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Larry K. Frank became NCFR’s sixth president at the end of 1946. He immediately set out to change the name of NCFR from the “National Conference on Family Relations” to the “National Council on Family Relations,” which became official on January 11, 1947.
¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Frank was one of the leading parent educators in the nation and was, for many years the Director of the Carolyn Zachery Institute of Human Development. He worked with the Laura Spelman Memorial Fund; was Vice President of the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation; and was a visiting professor and lecturer at many institutions. He served as president of the Gerontological Society and as a trustee of the Bank Street College of Education and of Wheelock College, in Boston. He was the author of numerous articles and books.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Besides the name change, Dr. Frank wrote a “National Policy for the Family” published in the Winter 1948 issue of Marriage and Family Living. In it, he called for “imagination and courage in the endless endeavor to make human life more meaningful and significant, more nearly expressive of the values we cherish…A national policy for the family will earn affirmation and as such should give re-direction to what we are now doing in our social life, and new hope and inspiration to individual men and women and new promise to youth.”
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 On August 29, 1946, NCFR and the family field lost one of its most beloved leaders in the sudden death of Dr. Ernest R. Groves at the age of 69. He had served as NCFR’s president in 1941 and founded what became the “Groves Conference on the Family,” which is still active today.