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Barclay Acheson

charitable organization administrator , editor.

Barclay Acheson, Canadian charitable organization administrator, editor. Decorated Greek Red Cross medal, 1927; Commander Order of Phoenix (Greece), 1930; Commander Order of Redeemer (Greece), 1935; Chevalier, Legion of Honor (France), 1952; Royal Order North Star Knighthood First Class (Sweden), 1953.


Acheson, Barclay was born on June 3, 1887 in Virden. Manitoba, Canada. Son of Technology Davis and Mary E. (Huston) Acheson.


Bachelor of Arts, Macalester College, Doctor of Laws, 1933. Student San Francisco and McCormick theological seminars. Doctor of Divinity, Dubuque U., 1928.


1 daughter, Judy. Teacher at American University, Beirut. Later pastor of a Presbyterian church, Raymond, Washington. Secretary Portland (Oregon) Young Men’s Christian Association during World War.

Became associate general secretary and field director New Era Movement of the Presbyterian Church, November 1918. Later had charge field organization of China Famine Fund. Associate general secretary Near East Relief, 1921-1929, executive secretary 1929-1944, trustee 1932-1944, also director overseas operations, 1924-1929.

Executive secretary Near East Foundation, 1930-1937, vice president board directors, since 1937. Associate editor Reader’s Digest, 1936-1940, then roving editor, now director international editions. President Community Church Workers American, 1936-1938.

Member United States National, Common for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 1946-1951. Former member American Arbitration Association. Member Finance Committee Federal Council Churches, 1944-1950.

Member Laymen’s committee 1950-1955. Member general budget and business and finance coms., National Council Churches. Member board directors Export Advertising Association Inc., 1946-1948.

Member of board directors, Camp Sloane, Inc. Director of Young Men’s Christian Association Uptown Branch, New York City, 1937-1940. Member board of trustees Macalester College, St. Paul, 1937-1957.

Member of advisory board Committee on Citizenship Training, National Education Association. Member Health Section and American Advisory Committee, World Federation Education Assns. Member Advisory Council, Department of Oriental Languages and Literatures, Princeton, 1944-1953.

Member board of trustees United States Council, International Chamber of Commerce. Director Reader’s Digest Foundation.


Member National Publications Association, International Advertising Association, Ecuadorean American Association, Pan American Society United States. Clubs: Cloud, New York Athletic, Overseas Press of America, Triton Fish and Game, Old English Sheep Dog of America.


Married Louise M. Patteson, August 26, 1914.

T. Davis Acheson

Mary E. (Huston) Acheson

Louise M. Patteson