Leadership in 2003–04

Gay Kitson

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 NCFR President Gay Kitson had been a professor of sociology at the University of Akron since 1989. Prior to that, she was an associate professor at Case Western Reserve in the Departments of Sociology and Anthropology and Family Medicine and Psychiatry in the School of Medicine. In the late 1980s, Kitson received a $620,000 grant from the National Institute on Aging to conduct the study among Greater Cleveland (OH) wives and children who were victims of violent crimes. She received grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, which enabled her to conduct research on other projects.  She also wrote, or collaborated on, 26 journal articles and 12 book chapters, and she made more than 50 presentations to various groups around the country.  She served on the editorial boards of several journals and as the editor of Sociological Focus, a publication of the North Central Sociological Association. She was past chairman of the Family Section of the American Sociological Association. Born in Chicago and raised in Libertyville, IL, she received a journalism degree from Northwestern University and master’s and doctorate degrees in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Kitson had a lifelong interest in the British royal family. In 2003, she went to London for the 50th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Kitson enjoyed traveling and made a point to tour areas when she visited a city for a convention or meeting. She and her husband, James, who lived in Shaker Heights, OH, traveled to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, China, and Africa, as well as most of North America. She passed away on July 8, 2008 of multiple myeloma.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Board members this year were the following:

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  • President: Gay Kitson
  • President-Elect: Pamela Monroe
  • Members-at-Large: Martha Farrell Erickson, Larry Ganong, Leslie Koepke, Judith Myers-Walls, Jane Tornatore
  • President, Association of Councils: Raeann Hamon
  • Student/New Professionals Representative: Adriana Umana Taylor
  • Ex Officio: Michael Benjamin


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