Leadership in 1968–69

Elizabeth Force

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Elizabeth S. Force, 26th President, was one of NCFR’s charter members and a noted pioneer  family life educator at the secondary level. She taught one of the earliest family life education courses, in Toms River, NJ. She also worked with the American Social Health Association for several years. After her retirement, she was NCFR’s representative to the United Nations and tirelessly served on several family commissions there up into her 90s. She died at age 104 and remained active, living independently and alert to the end.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 An excerpt from her Presidential Address follows:

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Among us will be many who feel that our preparation and training . . . is inadequate, but we will have the good sense to recognize that if we can be sensitive to the needs and feelings of our students and can together with them approach the experience in a spirit of mutual exploration, there is a reasonably good chance of success. This is not to say that training, background, and experience in the area of family life education is unimportant; it means, rather, that most of us will face an “Operation Bootstrap.” . . . As educators we subscribe to the principle that we must work with what we have. Actually, we already have much of what it takes to educate well for home and family living. Any additional assets required of us, we can and must develop if we really believe that the home and family are as important as we say they are.

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