1949 Conference: The Unique Contributions of the Professions to the Family

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2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 The 1949 Annual Conference was held at Park Sheraton Hotel, New York City, December 28–31, closing with the New Year’s celebration in Times Square.  The conference theme was “The Unique Contributions of the Professions to the Family.” Ernest G. Osborne continued as President at this conference. Keynote speakers included Drs. Muriel Brown, Earl Koos, Leona Baumgartner, Ernest O. Melby, Ernest Osborne, Flor Thurston, Jacob Zuckerman, Milton Levine, the Rev. Otis Rice, Msgr. John O’Grady, O. Spurgen English, and Frank Hertel—all renowned experts in their multiple disciplines. Bernice Milburn Moore wrote an interesting summary in Marriage and Family Living (Vol. 12, No. 1, p. 13), which included this quote summing up where NCFR was headed:

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 “We are working hard to learn to use what the basic sciences of sociology, anthropology, economics, political science, psychology and psychiatry have offered toward improved family living. Ours is not the job for one alone. Neither science nor service has the answers. “One world” of science translated into service by the many of us in professions related to family living is what we desire. What we are learning to do is to give together to families so that they may use our knowledge to meet their needs. As we assist families in meeting their own needs in our nation, so we serve families in all other nations. “

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 During this year, the National Committee on Marriage and Family Law—chaired by Harriet F. Pilpel, a New York family attorney—was reorganized. Other distinguished members included Harriett Daggett, Dean of the Louisiana State University Law School; Judge Fred Alexander, Toledo, OH; Reginald Heber-Smith, Boston; Judge Clayton Rose, Court of Domestic Relations, Columbus, OH; and Professor Max Rheinstein, University of Chicago Law School.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 At the conference, the death of a prominent NCFR member—Ray Lyman, who had served in the Hoover Administration as Secretary of the Interior—was announced.

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