Leadership in 1966–67

William Smith

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 William Smith became NCFR President at the end of the 1966 Annual Conference. He had been a member of the faculty at the Pennsylvania State University for many years and an active member and leader in NCFR. During Smith’s presidency, the NCFR Executive Committee met in Washington, DC, with key people from the various federal government agencies who were concerned with families, children, and youth, to learn about their programs and to advise them of NCFR’s willingness to be of service.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 His Presidential Address included the following comments:

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 In family and community life we tend to suffer from a hardening of the categories. Having once and for all decided what a person is like or how he acts, we behave toward him on the basis of these conceptions – or misconceptions – rather than in terms of attitudes open to change with experience.  This is one of the reasons why adolescents may turn to adults outside the home to establish new relationships. The dramatic coach or the home economics teacher or the scout leader operate with a set of assumptions different from those used by parents.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 The Executive Committee members were as follows:

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  • President: William. M. Smith
  • President-Elect: William F. Kenkel
  • Past-President: Ivan Nye
  • Secretary: Christine H. Hillman
  • Treasurer: Fred Berger
  • Editor: Marvin Sussman
  • Members-at-Large: Harold Belgium, Catherine Chilman, Aaron Rutledge, Rose Somerville
  • Chair of Board of Publications: Elizabeth Force
  • Editorial Assistant: Gretchen Akers
  • International Editor: Gerrit A. Kooy (the Netherlands)
  • Book Review Editor: Jetse Sprey

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 The four sections were as follows:

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  2. Counseling, chaired by Gerald Leslie
  3. Education, chaired by Jay Skidmore
  4. Research and Theory, chaired by Harold T. Christensen
  5. Special Emphases, chaired by Esther Middlewood.

8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 The Board of Directors passed proposal to establish (2-week) training seminars in Family Life Education beginning in 1970 for all state regions at university campuses.


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