Leadership in 1949

Ernest G. Osborne became President of NCFR and held that post until the summer of 1950. Osborne (whose nickname was “Lank”) served through three Annual Conferences and was highly regarded as a family life educator at Teachers College of Columbia University, NY. He wrote a syndicated column called Family Scrapbook, which was popular. He died in 1963. The following is an excerpt from Osborne’s Presidential Address: There are many indications to give substance to the belief that one of the outstanding current sociological phenomena is the rapid acceleration of popular interest in the socio-psychological aspects of marriage and the family. . […]

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Affiliates in 1949

State and regional councils in 1949 were coordinated by Gladys Groves, who oversaw 26 of them. Eleanor Roosevelt was the keynote speaker at the Tri-State (NY, NJ, and CT) Council on the Family meeting. During that year, Hank Bowman from Stephens College in New York conducted a study of “College Courses in Marriage and Family Life,” which became a valuable benchmark for change in future years. NCFR membership listed in January 1949 was 2,760. Eleven national committees were activated: National Committee on Economic Basis of the Family, chaired by Christine Newell National Committee on Education for Marriage and Family Living in the Colleges, […]

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1949 Conference: The Unique Contributions of the Professions to the Family

The 1949 Annual Conference was held at Park Sheraton Hotel, New York City, December 28–31, closing with the New Year’s celebration in Times Square.  The conference theme was “The Unique Contributions of the Professions to the Family.” Ernest G. Osborne continued as President at this conference. Keynote speakers included Drs. Muriel Brown, Earl Koos, Leona Baumgartner, Ernest O. Melby, Ernest Osborne, Flor Thurston, Jacob Zuckerman, Milton Levine, the Rev. Otis Rice, Msgr. John O’Grady, O. Spurgen English, and Frank Hertel—all renowned experts in their multiple disciplines. Bernice Milburn Moore wrote an interesting summary in Marriage and Family Living (Vol. 12, No. 1, p. 13), which included […]

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