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novelist , writer

Jeannette Hyde Eyerly, American author. Board directors Polk County Mental Health Center, 1966-1978, 82-87, president, 1976-1978; director Des Moines Child Guidance Center, 1949-1954; member acquisition committee Des Moines Art Center, 1960-1963; member Iowa Commission for Blind, 1977-1980. Member Authors League American, National Audubon Society.

Background

Eyerly, Jeannette Hyde was born on June 7, 1908 in Topeka. Daughter of Robert and Mabel (Young) Hyde.

Education

Bachelor, State University Iowa, 1930.

Career

She was a pioneer in dealing with controversial topics in novels for young people. Among the themes that appeared in her books were teenage pregnancy, alcohol abuse, and drug use. She penned eighteen novels, starting with More Than a Summer Love in 1962, though she had published many short stories before that.

Her 1977 novel, He's My Baby, Now was the basis for an ABC television movie. She also wrote two books of verse. Eyerly earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Iowa in 1930.

Her papers are archived at the University of Iowa.

Achievements

  • Iowa Author Award from the Public Library of Des Moines Foundation, 2002. Iowa Women's Hall of Fame, 2006.

Works

Membership

Board directors Polk County Mental Health Center, 1966-1978, 82-87, president, 1976-1978. Director Des Moines Child Guidance Center, 1949-1954. Member acquisition committee Des Moines Art Center, 1960-1963.

Member Iowa Commission for Blind, 1977-1980. Member Authors League American, National Audubon Society.

Connections

Married Frank Eyerly, December 6, 1932 (deceased 1997). Children: Jane (Mistress Lawrence Kozuszek), Susan (Mistress Joseph A. Pichler).

father:
Robert Hyde

mother:
Mabel (Young) Hyde

spouse:
Frank Eyerly

child:
Jane Eyerly (Mistress Lawrence Kozuszek)

child:
Susan Eyerly (Mistress Joseph A. Pichler)