Leadership in 1993–94

Harriette McAdoo

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 NCFR President Harriette Pipes McAdoo was a renowned scholar and Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University. She and her husband, John, who preceded her in death, collaborated with Marie Peters, David Baptiste, and Robert Staples in organizing the “Minority Caucus,” which became the Ethnic Minorities Section. She became chair of that Section. McAdoo was the first recipient of the Marie Peters Award for outstanding scholarship focusing on Black families in 1982. She was a long-time leader in NCFR and the Groves Conference. She had a stellar reputation as a mentor of students and young scholars. In addition, she contributed a prolific body of research on Black children and families worldwide. She studied families in Ghana, Zimbabwe, and Kenya, in addition to the United States. She contributed much research to NCFR’s journals and published several books, many of which went to fourth and fifth editions.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 As NCFR Program Vice President in 1985, McAdoo chose the theme “Enriching Families: Ethnic, Cultural and Religious Networks.” During President Carter’s term, she served as his national advisor for the 1980 White House Conference on Families. During that time she was also Acting Dean at Howard University’s School of Social Work. During her year as President of NCFR, McAdoo represented NCFR, which held United Nation NGO status, at the United Nations 4th World Conference on Women, accompanied by Margaret Feldman and Mary Jo Czaplewski. She had also attended the previous Women’s Conference in Nairobi 10 years earlier. As President, McAdoo encouraged public policy and research and the recruitment of international scholars to join NCFR. After her husband John’s death, she helped the Ethnic Minorities Section establish the John Lewis McAdoo Dissertation Award, for outstanding dissertation research on ethnic minority families. Her contributions to the profession also included leadership roles in the Groves Conference on Families, the American Psychological Association, the American Sociological Association, and the Society on Research in Child Development, in addition to faculty leadership positions at Howard University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Washington, Smith College, and Michigan State University. Coming from a long line of educators and community leaders, McAdoo instilled solid values for education, music, community service, spirituality, and family in her children, Michael, John, Julia, and David, who are all professionals. She was close to her five grandchildren and to her siblings. She was adored by her students, former and current. She loved to sing and to listen to fine music, and she appreciated fine art. She passed away unexpectedly on December 27, 2009.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 The Board of Directors comprised the following individuals:

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  • President: Harriette P. McAdoo
  • President-Elect: Alexis Walker
  • Program Vice President: Greer Litton Fox
  • Program Vice President-Elect: Kay Pasley
  • Membership Vice President: William Meredith
  • Public Policy Vice President: Barbara Settles
  • Publications Vice President: Steve Jorgensen
  • Past President: Patricia Kain Knaub
  • Secretary: Joan Jurich
  • Treasurer: David Klein
  • Association of Councils President: Carol Matusicky
  • Association of Councils President-Elect: John Touliatos

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 Section chairs included Carol Darling, EE; Edith Lewis, EM; Barbara Elliott, FH; Pamela Monroe, FP; Kathleen Gilbert, FS; David Wright, FT; Katherine Allen, FFS; Ramona Marotz-Baden, International; Elizabeth Norrell, RFL; Robert Milardo, RT; Karen Blaisure, SNP; and Catherine Solheim, SNP-Elect.


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