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Marguerite Johnston

Marguerite Johnston was American journalist. Recipient Theta Sigma Phi Headliner award, 1954, 1st annual award of merit Houston Committee Alcoholism, 1956, certified of merit Gulf Coast chapter American Society Safety Engineers, 1960, Agnese Carter Nelms award Planned Parenthood, 1968, School Bell award Texas State Teachers Association, 1974, 75, Gold Key award National Council Alcoholism, 1975, Global award Population Institute, 1981.


  • Johnston, Marguerite was born on August 7, 1917 in Birmingham, Alabama, United States. Daughter of Robert C. and Marguerite (Spradling) Johnston.

  • Education

    • AB, Birmingham-Southern College, 1938.


    • Reporter Birmingham News, 1939-1944. Washington correspondent Birmingham News, Birmingham Age-Herald, London Daily Mirror, 1945-1946. Columnist Houston Post, 1947-1969, foreign news editor, member editorial board, 1969-1985, associate editor editorial page, 1972-1977, assistant editor editorial page, 1977-1985.

      Retired, 1985

      Lecturer in field, since 1947. Instructor creative writing University Houston, 1946-1947, lecturer feature writing, 1965-1966. Lecturer Baker College, Rice University, 1977-1978.

      Delegate Asian American Women Journalists Conference, Honolulu, 1965, 1st World Conference Women Journalists, Mexico City, 1969.



    Member Municipal Art Commission, 1971—1976, Houston Committee Foreign Relations. Board directors Texas Bill of Rights Foundation, 1962—1964, Planned Parenthood, 1953—1955, Population Institute, 1985—1991. Member Texas Society Architects (honorary), Philosophical Society Texas, Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Beta Phi.


    • Married Charles Wynn Barnes, August 31, 1946. Children: Susan, Patricia, Steven, Polly.
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    • 1938
      Birmingham-So. College
    • 1939 - 1944
      Reporter Birmingham News
    • 1945 - 1946
      Washington correspondent Birmingham News
    • 1947 - 1969
      columnist Houston Post
    • 1985