Harriette Pipes McAdoo was president of NCFR from 1993-94. She was a professor at Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan. She was an NCFR Fellow, and leader. She was a renowned scholar, and Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University. She and her husband, John, who preceded her in death, collaborated with Marie Peters, David Baptiste and Robert Staples in organizing the “Minority Caucus” which became the Ethnic Minorities Section of NCFR. Harriette later became chair of that Section. Harriette was the first recipient of the Marie Peters Award for outstanding scholarship focusing on Black families in 1982. She was a long-time leader in NCFR and the Groves Conference. She had a stellar reputation as a mentor of students and young scholars. In addition, Harriette contributed a prolific body of research on Black children and families worldwide. She studied families in Ghana, Zimbabwe and Kenya, Africa in addition to the United States. She contributed much research to both of NCFR’s journals, and published several books, many went to 4th and 5th editions.
Coming from a long line of educators and community leaders, Harriette instilled solid values for education, music, community service, spirituality, and family into her children. She was close to her five grandchildren and to her siblings. She was adored by her students, both former and current. She loved to sing, listen to fine music, and she greatly appreciated fine art. She passed away unexpectedly on December 27, 2009.