Other Activities in 1963–64

A new national organization was formed in May 1964: the Sex Information and Education Council of the United States, a volunteer health agency that seeks to expand and upgrade sex education for all age groups. It was incorporated by Mary Caldarone, Wallace Fulton, William H. Genne, Lester A. Kirkendall, David Mace, and Clark Vincent—all members of NCFR. In the February 1964 issue of the Journal of Marriage and the Family, Jessie Bernard published an article titled “Developmental Tasks of the NCFR—1963–1988.”  In it, she discussed what NCFR is and is not, as determinants of what it can and/or should be. Her conclusions follow: NCFR in not […]

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Journals and Publications in 1963–64

Several changes took place under the editorship of Marvin Sussman. He changed the name of Marriage and Family Living to The Journal of Marriage and the Family. A new cover design was used. The revised journal included an enlarged book review section; the regular publication of letters to the editor and rejoinders; article-length book review of a series of books on the same topic; an abstract at the beginning of each article; and publication, regardless of length, of critical and evaluative papers on particular marriage and family issues. New associate editors were added. William Kenkel became the editor of  the “Articles in […]

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Awards in 1963–64

In 1964 an award was established in memory of Ernest G. Osborne, a leader and past President who died suddenly in 1963. The award is given for excellence in the teaching of family relations, because it was for this that “Lank” Osborne gave so unstintingly of both his personal and professional time. The award honors teaching at any academic level. Four hundred fifty-seven persons and organizations contributed a total of $10,958.66 to make an ongoing award possible. The first award was given in 1966.

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Membership in 1963–64

William F. Kenkel was the chair of the membership committee, and Wallace C. Fulton was chair of a committee to review the constitution and bylaws. Read the March 1964 NCFR Newsletter Read the May 1964 NCFR Newsletter Read the November 1964 NCFR Newsletter

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Structure and Governance in 1963–64

Catherine S. Chilman and Lee Burchinal became co-chairs of a committee to find financial support for family research. This committee functioned through 1966, and a government publication grew out of its efforts. Ivan Nye was appointed chair of a committee concerned with mass media relationships. During the next few years, this committee prepared selected annotated bibliographies on subjects of popular interest and lists of qualified speakers. These materials were made available to the mass-circulation magazines. Committee members were Eleanore B. Luckey, Lee Burchinal, and William F. Kenkel. The Committee on Standards and Certification for Family Life Educators was established, with Elizabeth […]

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Leadership in 1963–64

Blaine R. Porter became the 21st NCFR President. He was then Professor and head of the Department of Human Development and Family Relationships at Brigham Young University (BYU) and was a widely known lecturer. His distinguished teaching and leadership led BYU to honor him with the designation “University Professor”; he was the first person in BYU’s history to be so honored. His Presidential Address was titled “American Teenagers of the 1960s—Our Despair or Hope?” The following is an excerpt: Our  youths are still in a state of becoming; and in order to become the best, to experience the best within them, they […]

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Journals and Publications in 1962–63

“The Cumulative Index for Marriage and Family Living From 1944–62” became available in November of 1962, under the direction of Murray A. Straus. A Teacher Exchange article discussed medical problems of teenage mothers. A special issue of Marriage and Family Living in February 1963 focused on “Family Planning in Modernizing Societies.”

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Membership, Awards, and Affiliates in 1962–63

In 1963, NCFR had 2,929 members, and there were 1,476 journal subscriptions. Read the March 1963 NCFR Newsletter Read the May 1963 NCFR Newsletter Read the October 1963 NCFR Newsletter Reuben Hill received the restructured Ernest Burgess Award, now given biennially in recognition of continuous and meritorious research contributions to the family field. He received a certificate and $500. By this point, there were seven regional councils and 28 state councils; however, a network of active councils working throughout the nation for the strengthening of American families remained somewhat unrealized.

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Structure and Governance in 1962–63

In 1963, sections and their chairs were as follows: Counseling, chaired by Bert Y. Glassberg Education, chaired by W. Clark Ellzey Research, chaired by Leland Stott Special Emphases, chaired by Elizabeth Force Harold T. Christensen represented NCFR at the meeting of the International Union of Family Organizations (IUFO) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in July 1963, and delivered one of the main addresses. North American books and materials were displayed at this first international conference on the family in Latin America. Three NCFR members were on the General Council of the IUFO with consultative status with UNESCO and the United Nations and was the only family organization […]

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1963 Conference: The American Family and NCFR—Retrospect and Prospect

The 1963 Annual Conference was held at the University of Denver, August 21–23. Blaine Porter was program chair for this 25th anniversary of NCFR’s founding. See the special booklet commemorating 25 leaders of NCFR. W. Arthur Shirey was local arrangements chair. The theme was “The American Family and NCFR—Retrospect and Prospect.” Evelyn Millis Duvall gave a plenary speech titled “American Family and NCFR Since 1938.” Reuben Hill presented one titled “The American Family and the Future,” and Jessie Bernard’s plenary speech was “Developmental Tasks of the NCFR—1963–88.” Duvall and Hill made pleas that there be a U.S. Department of Family Life, with […]

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