Leadership 1986–87

Hamilton McCubbin

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Hamilton I. McCubbin became NCFR’s 44th President. At the time of his election, McCubbin was Dean of the School of Family Resources and Consumer Sciences, University of Wisconsin—Madison. He was a native of Hawaii and a former military officer. His scholarship focused on family resiliency and racial relations. His research was dedicated to answering the question “What is it about families that motivates them to rise above adversity, and in their own ways to make both big and small contributions to, and sacrifices for, each other in the midst of chaos and unpredictability?” (His autobiography and professional career are detailed in Pioneering Paths in the Study of Families, Haworth Press, 2001.)

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

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 I would like to . . . introduce the important themes and challenges which will be addressed by the National Council on Family Relations during the year . . . The Annual Meeting, Fund Raising, Social/Public Policy, Social Action, Marketing, and Financial Stability . . . As a national organization we are faced with both new and old challenges that have taken on an added importance in the present social and economic climate which has created social problems and economic hardships on families . . . Can we organize ourselves to be responsive, active, timely, and have an impact on policy development? Many members feel we should! . . . The National Council on Family Relations is a wonderful enterprise with superb publications, an exemplary record, a special membership of invested and committed persons, yet we are not well known. Should we remain a quiet national treasure or should we seek to reach out to colleagues and scholars to join us in this strong and worthwhile effort? Many members feel we should market our strengths! . . .  The National Council on Family Relations is a very special organization. It grew out of the commitment of scholars, friends of the family, educators, and practitioners. We can realistically expect that the changes we do make, and the goals that we do set, and the strategies we choose to strengthen our National Council will be guided by this same sense of commitment to families and to the future of the NCFR.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Members of the Board included the following:

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  • President-Elect: Graham Spanier
  • Secretary: Lynda Henley Walters
  • Treasurer: Ann Ellwood
  • Program Vice President: Carolyn Love
  • Program Vice President-Elect: Robert A. Lewis
  • Membership Vice President: Sharon Houseknecht
  • Student/New Professional Representative: Pamela Monroe
  • Student/New Professional Representative-Elect: Eugenia Barr
  • Past President: Joan Aldous
  • Publications Vice President: Charles Figley

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 Sections and Section chairs were the following:

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  • Education and Enrichment: Betty L. Barber
  • Ethnic Minorities: Peggy Dilworth-Anderson
  • Family Action: Timothy Brubaker
  • Family Discipline: Randal Day
  • Family and Health: Catherine Gilliss
  • Feminism and Family Studies: Alexis Walker
  • Family Therapy: D. Kim Openshaw
  • International: J. Ross Esheleman;
  • Religion and Family Life: Ronald Flowers
  • Research and Theory: Victor Gecas

8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 An AIDS Task Force composed of concerned representatives from various Sections was established to serve as an action group for educating the mobilizing family professionals on the implications of the AIDS crisis for families and communities. Sandra Caron was the chair.

9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 NCFR was a contributor to a conference on “Work and Family: Seeking a New Balance,” sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor in cooperation with the American Federation of Labor, the Congress of Industrial Organizations and the National Association of Manufacturers. This conference brought together a number of prominent representatives of management, labor, academia, and community organizations to discuss family and work issues, report on the progress to date in resolving them, and suggest some of the more promising directions for future actions.

10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 The Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences funded a major study of family wellness and its consequences for personnel retention and job performance. Dennis Orthner, Director of the Center of Work and Family Issues at the University of Georgia, was appointed chief scientist for the project. The project director was Al Cruse, Research Triangle Institute of North Carolina. Initial funding for the project was $10 million. The description of this study appeared in the June 1987 issue of Report.

11 Leave a comment on paragraph 11 0 NCFR members Margaret Arcus, Wesley Burr, Stephen Jorgensen, and Joyce Portner presented a panel on “Family Life Education for the 21st Century: Content, Curriculum and Certification” at the American Home Economics Association annual meeting.


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