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Margaret Louise Strachan Alexander

Margaret Louise Strachan Alexander, American writer. Recipient 3d place award for juvenile books National Press Women, 1972; Washington State Governor's award, 1960.


  • Alexander, Margaret Louise Strachan was born on November 13, 1908 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Daughter of Frank Russel and Margaret (Marcus) Pitcairn.

  • Education

    • Student, University Pennsylvania, 1931. Student, University Washington, 1948.


    • Staff feature writer Seattle Times Newspaper, 1945-1951, Long Beach (California) Press Telegram, 1952. Director publicity Sheraton-Gibson Hotel, World Affairs Institute, and Better Housing League, Cincinnati, 1949-1959, Ford Foundation Workshops, Berea (Kentucky) College, 1959. Assistant to Dorothy Neighbors Seattle Times, 1961-1964.

      Instructor creative writing Northshore School District, Bothell, Washington, 1966. Moderator juvenile writing panel Pacific Northwest Writers Conference, 1966-1998, president, 1970-1998. Instructor Writers Digest, 1983-1986.



    Member Mystery Writers of America (president Seattle chapter 1988), Authors Guild, Seattle Freelancers, Pacific Northwest Writers Conference (honorary, past president), Washington State Press Women (award 1967), National League American Pen Women (award 1965, 1st award teen category 1975), Women in Communications.


    • Married John E. Strachan, December 15, 1928 (deceased October 1958). Children: Jacqueline McCarthy, Bruce Pitcairn, John. Married Jack M. Alexander, February 9, 1963 (deceased July 1986).
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    Died March 16, 1998
    (aged 89)
    • 1931
      University Pennsylvania
    • 1948
      University Washington
    • 1945 - 1951
      Staff feature writer, Seattle Times Newspaper
    • 1949 - 1959
      director, publicity Sheraton-Gibson Hotel
      Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
    • 1952
      Staff feature writer, Seattle Times Newspaper
    • 1959
      director, publicity Sheraton-Gibson Hotel
    • 1961 - 1964
      assistant, to Dorothy Neighbors Seattle Times
    • 1966
      instructor, creative writing Northshore School District
      Bothell, Washington, United States