Leadership in 1969–70

Richard Hey

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Richard N. “Dick” Hey, NCFR’s 27th President, was a professor in the Family Social Science Department at the University of Minnesota and a longtime member of NCFR. He was Chair of the Department of Family Social Science from 1970 to 1978 and a strong supporter of family life education.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Dick was born of German parents in 1919 in Oklahoma and raised in a Baptist family with two brothers and a sister.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 After graduating from high school, he entered a Baptist seminary, but after a year decided that this was not his calling. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps (which later became the U.S Air Force) and was stationed in Texas for 4 years as a radio inspector. While there, he met and married Miriam Jennings, who was a teacher. They moved to Boston, where he began a chaplaincy but decided that counseling was much more interesting and returned to school at Columbia University of New York under the GI Bill. There he was introduced to the new Family Studies Department, headed by Ernest “Lank” Osborne. At Columbia, Dick combined counseling with family life education and became a lifelong friend and colleague of Gerhard Neubeck and his wife, Ruth. During their studies, they served internships with the Marriage Council of Philadelphia under the guidance of Emily Hartshorn Mudd, a charter NCFR member.. Dick stayed on with this organization for the next 14 years.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 He was invited to join the faculty of the Family Social Science Department at the University of Minnesota by his friend Jerry Neubeck and stayed there until his retirement. Shortly before he retired, and for many years after, Dick and Miriam led student groups on tours all over the world because he felt strongly that foreign travel enriched their educations. He was a long-time member of NCFR through his early association with the early leaders of NCFR.   He and his wife Miriam had 2 sons and a daughter, and since Miriam’s death in May 2013, Dick has resided in Roseville, MN.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 His Presidential Address included these comments:

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 Too long have we been content to think in terms of making families fit societies.  It is our hope that . . . our combined abilities and capacities will enable us to consider what innovations society has to make in order to become fit for families.

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 The Executive Committee comprised the following:

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  • President: Richard Hey
  • President-Elect: Gerald R. Leslie
  • Past President: Elizabeth Force
  • Secretary: Janet S. Brown
  • Treasurer: Fred. Berger
  • Editors: Carlfred Broderick and William Nichols
  • Members-at-Large: Luther Baker, Robert H. Coombs, Mary Lou Purcell, James Walters, David Olson, and James Maddock (the last two representing students and young professionals
  • Publications Board Chair: Blaine Porter

9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 The four Sections were as follows:

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  2. Counseling, chaired by Donald Young
  3. Education, chaired by Lee Axelson
  4. Research and Theory chaired by Murray Straus
  5. Special Emphases, chaired by Jim Walters
  6. Family Action, chaired by Paul Weikert

11 Leave a comment on paragraph 11 0 There also were 15 elected members of the Board of Directors; and International Editor for the Journal of Marriage and the Family (Dr. Pierre De Bie, of Louvain, Belgium), and  42 affiliates.


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