Leadership in 1967–68

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 NCFR President William Kenkel was a sociology professor at the University of Kentucky and author of a very popular textbook first published in 1960 that had undergone many editions. He is quoted as saying, upon his induction as President, “Years ago I was attracted to the NCFR because I saw it as a concerned organization. It was concerned with quite real problems of quite real families. It was concerned with strengthening the bases for gaining sound knowledge about marriage and the family. It was concerned with its members, their wishes, their interests, and their needs. In that way I can and I will strive to enhance the image of the NCFR as the concerned organization. Let me know your concerns.”

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 The following is an excerpt from his Presidential Address:

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 The strength of the NCFR has been its blending of research and action, the co-mingling of theory and practice. But there are new worlds to explore, and for this task we will need imagination and a certain boldness to take us beyond the comfortable confines of tradition. I believe we have in our organization the boldness and the imagination at least figuratively to reach to the stars and to explore the infinite.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Kenkel’s obituary is added here:

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 Dr. William F. Kenkel, age 81, died Thu, Sept. 28, at Villa Springs Nursing Home Erlanger, Kentucky after a long illness. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marion Lee Scott, his four sons, Stephen William, Phillip Lee, Donald Scott and Kenneth Russell Kenkel; daughter, Kathryn Marie Kenkel; and 12 grandchildren. He also has two surviving Brothers, Joseph Kenkel and James Kenkel. William was born in Hyattsville, MD, son of Anne Marie Dutweiler and Anthony B. Kenkel. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps in World War II and attended the University of Maryland on the G.I. Bill. He received a PhD from Ohio State University. William was a Family Sociologist, past president of the National Council on Family Relations, and active in many other professional organizations. He published four books, and numerous scholarly articles. He served for many years as Professor at Iowa State University and the University of Kentucky and was Department Head or Chairman at those institutions. He was known as a tireless researcher, an enthusiastic teacher and supportive mentor to generations of undergraduate and graduate students. A man of diverse interests, he could frequently be seen driving a vintage Model-A Ford. Later in life, after he fulfilled a lifelong dream by moving to a working farm in Jessamine County, he was often observed driving his farm truck or tractor. He will be sorely missed as husband, brother, father, grandfather, teacher, colleague and friend. Memorial Mass will be 10 a.m. Oct. 21, at the Newman Center, Lexington, KY. Interment to follow at the Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by W.R. Milward Mortuary-Broadway. Donations may be made in his memory to American Stroke Association, 5455 N. High St., P.O. Box 163549, Columbus, OH 43216-3549. www.milwardfuneral.com.

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 The 1967–68 Executive Committee comprised the following members:

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  • President: William F. Kenkel
  • President-Elect: Elizabeth Force
  • Past President: William Smith
  • Secretary: Esther Middlewood
  • Treasurer: Fred Berger
  • Editor, Journal of Marriage and the Family: Marvin Sussman
  • Members-at-Large: Barbara Chandler, Roy Rodgers, Aaron Rutledge, Rose Somerville
  • Board of Publications Chair: Murray Straus

8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 The four sections and chairs were as follows:

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  2. Counseling, chaired by Richard H. Klemer
  3. Education, chaired by Rose Somerville
  4. Research and Theory, chaired by Edward Z. Dager
  5. Special Emphases, chaired by Blaine Porter

10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 Editor of the new journal, Family Coordinator, was William Smith and the Board of Directors.


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