Medora S. Bass was appointed chair of a task force on Sterilization Laws and Rights of the Mentally Handicapped. The Research and Theory Committee organized workshops on research methodology at the University of New Hampshire, under the direction of Murray Straus, and at Brigham Young University, under the direction of Boyd Rollins. The first edition of Graduate Programs in the Family: Student Perspectives (1972), written by graduate students, became available. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Liaison Committee, to which NCFR had two representatives, sponsored a 4-day intensive workshop for 25 doctors and their wives on various aspects of […]
The affiliates continued to function as an integral part of NCFR. The Board passed a recommendation that affiliated councils take an active role in matters of social policy and the family. Throughout the 1970s this was the goal of many of the affiliates. Obert Kempson was succeeded as chair of the affiliates by Ronald Pitzer.
Family Coordinator published special issues on “Aging and the Family” and “Variant Marriage Styles and Family Forms.” Guest editors for these special issues were Felix Berardo for the former Marvin Sussman for the latter. This became a paperback book entitled “Non-Traditional Family Forms in the 1970s.” The November 1971 issue of the Journal of Marriage and the Family carried a special section on “Violence and the Family.” The Decade in Review of Family Theory, Research, and Social Action, edited by Carlfred Broderick, became available as a paperback book with wide circulation. In 1972, NCFR published the second edition of the National Directory […]
The three recipients of Student Awards were Marijean Suelzlek of the University of California at Berkeley, Graham B. Spanier of Pennsylvania State University, and Rudy Ray Seward of North Texas State University at Denton. Stella W. Goldberg was the recipient of the Osborne Award. She was from Pennsylvania State University. James Gladden from the University of Kentucky was also an Osborne Award recipient that year. The Burgess Award went to Jessie Bernard, Professor Emeritus at Pennsylvania State University and a consultant in Washington, DC.
Leland Axelson and Leslie Strong published an article from data collected in the membership survey, titled “Some Personal Characteristics and Organizational Attitudes of the NCFR Membership.” They recommended that because membership clearly favored involvement in family-oriented social issues, NCFR should continue its efforts to discover new ways in which it might make its collective judgments on such issues known to the appropriate publics. Read the January 1972 Newsletter V17 N1 Read the March 1972 Newsletter V17 N2 Read the May 1972 Newsletter V17 N3 Read the August 1972 Newsletter V17 N4 Read the December 1972 Newsletter V17 N5
The Board of Directors approved a procedure that enabled the president and NCFR office to speak on behalf of the organization in response to social issues and legislation relevant to families and family life in the United States and to release these statements to the press and additional sources. President Eleanore Luckey sent letters to President Nixon, Congress, state governors, and others in public office concerning NCFR’s majority positions on abortion and population control. After 2 years of planning, a revised Constitution was developed, which was to be ratified in March 1973.
Eleanore B. Luckey became President of NCFR from August 28, 1971, until November 4, 1972. She was born in February 1915 in California and was a professor of human development and family relations at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. She was also coauthor, with George W. Wise, of a very popular textbook, Human Growth and the Family, first published in 1970 and still available today. She also authored several articles in Family Coordinator (later Family Relations). The following is an excerpt from Luckey‘s Presidential Address: Some . . . silence may mask real conflict of values. Many . […]
NCFR and the American Home Economics Association (now American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences) cosponsored a national workshop on the family at Indiana University. The theme was “Family Life Education Re-examined: Action for the 70s.” Evelyn Rouner was chair. Muriel Brown and Felix Berardo represented NCFR on task forces for the 1971 White House Conference on Aging. Evelyn Millis Duvall compiled a bibliography on Aging Family Member Roles and Relationships. At a special concerns session on the older family, organized by Ruth Jewson, she discussed familial, marital, and sexual needs of the aging. David Mace and James A. Peterson […]
Special issues of the Journal of Marriage and Family contained articles on sexism in family studies. NCFR held special meetings at the Annual Conference on the topics of publicity and promotion for affiliates and citizen participation in family relations programs. Norma Newmark of the Tri-State Council, represented NCFR in working with the National Conference of Citizen’s Rights in Broadcasting.
The Osborne Award winners in 1971 were Rose M. Somerville of San Diego State University and Richard K. Kerckhoff of Purdue University. The Burgess Award recipient was George Peter Murdock of the University of Pittsburgh. The Student Awards were presented to Marie Withers Osmond of Florida State University and to K. Dean Black, President of the Bioresearch Foundation, Springville, UT. Read the March 1971 Newsletter V16 N1 Read the May 1971 Newsletter V16 N2