Membership and Journals and Publications in 1957–58

A motion was passed urging all NCFR members, acting through local, state, and regional councils, to support actively the effort for better national marriage and divorce statistics. Read the March 1958 NCFR Newsletter Read the May 1958 NCFR Newsletter Read the October 1958 NCFR Newsletter Gerald R. Leslie was Acting Editor of Marriage and Family Living (MFL) while Editor Harold Christensen was in Denmark on a Research Fulbright Fellowship. A special issue of MFL was published in August 1958 on the topic “Government Services Affecting American families.” Hugh Carter, Chief of the Marriage and Divorce Analysis section of the National Office of […]

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Structure and Governance in 1957–58

Dues were increased at the 1958 board meeting to $7.50. Ten 1-year international courtesy subscriptions were created to be granted by the Editor of Marriage and Family Living on the basis of member nominations. Section chairs that year were as follows: Counseling, cochaired by Gerhard Neubeck and David M. Fulcomer Research, chaired by Donald Longworth Education for Marriage and Family Living in the Schools, chaired by Florence L. D. Heal Education for marriage and Family Living in the Colleges, chaired by Richard K. Kerckhoff Education for Marriage and Family Living in the Community, chaired by Marie Rousseau Cooperative Nursery Schools, chaired […]

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Leadership in 1957–58

Mildred Morgan was elected NCFR’s 15th President. She took office at the conclusion of the 1957 Annual Conference, in August, and served through the 1958 Annual Conference. She was a professor of home and family life at Florida State University and was instrumental in the development of the Interdivisional Program in Marriage and Family Living at the university. The following is an excerpt from Morgan‘s Presidential Address: Contrary to common assumption, the sex drive does not disappear with the climacteric in men and women, although it does wane. Most sexologists agree that it depends upon how the aging human being feels about aging. Masters and Johnson and […]

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Journals and Publications in 1956–57

Starting with the February 1957 issue of Marriage and Family Living, Harold T. Christensen, Department of Sociology at Purdue University, became Editor. Gerald R. Leslie was Associate Editor. The editorial board consisted of James H. S. Bossard, Meyer F. Nimkoff, and  John P. Spiegel, Earl L. Koos served as book review editor.  A special issue of the journal, on “Health and Family Welfare,” was published in May. Clara B. Arny was the guest editor of this issue.

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Affiliates in 1956–57

The 1953 Evaluation Committee report recommended a clarified relationship between state and regional councils and NCFR. Robert Foster, chair of this committee in 1953, presented several proposals to the presidents of the affiliated councils along with revisions in the constitution to reflect them. Even as late as 1957, not much had been done about this.

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Membership in 1956–57

By August 1957, the recorded membership was 2,594. In addition, 819 libraries held subscriptions to Marriage and Family Living. Read the March 1957 NCFR Newsletter Read the May 1957 NCFR Newsletter Read the October 1957 NCFR Newsletter

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1957 Conference: Competence and Family Living: Interprofessional Approaches

The 1957 Annual Conference was held at Purdue University, Lafayette, IN, August 21–24. The theme was “Competence and Family Living: Interprofessional Approaches.” General sessions included topics such as “Implications for Education Through the Family Life Cycle,” by Evelyn Millis Duvall; “Counseling and Family Competence,” by Aaron Rutledge; “The NCFR and Its Dynamic Life Cycle,” by David Treat; “Economic Bases for Competence in Family Living,” by Meno Levenstein; “Communication of Ideas Pertaining to Family Life,” by Wallace Fulton; and “Analysis and Interpretation of the Conference,” by Ernest Burgess.

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Leadership in 1956–57

David B. Treat, a much-loved pioneer in family life education, became NCFR’s 14th president. For 26 years, he had directed the Clara Elizabeth Fund for Maternal Health in Flint, MI. After his retirement, he and his wife moved to California. The following is an excerpt from Treat‘s Presidential Address: The dream of those who brought the National Council into being was to share the offering of many disciplines and many professions in the creation of a movement to strengthen families of America whenever and however they need help. Let all of us who are concerned with people and their families throw our […]

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