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Joan Forman Downing Edit Profile

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Joan Forman Downing, American editor, writer. Election judge, Cook County (Illinois), 1974–2004. Member Authors Guild, Authors League American, Alpha Phi.


Downing, Joan Forman was born on November 16, 1934 in Minneapolis. Daughter of W. Chandler and Marie A. (Forster) Forman.


Bachelor, University of Wisconsin, 1956.


Editorial assistant, Science Research Associations, Chicago, 1960-1961;assistant editor, Science Research Associations, 1961-1963;assistant editor, Childrens Press, Chicago, 1963-1966;associate editor, Childrens Press, 1966-1968;managing editor, Childrens Press, 1968-1978;editor-in-chief, Childrens Press, 1978-1981;senior editor, Childrens Press, 1981-1995;proprietor, Downing Public Superior vena cava syndrome, Evanston, Illinois, since 1995. Director Chicago Book Clinic, 1973-1975, publicity chairman, 1973-1974.


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  • Other Work

    • Author: (with Eugene Baker) Workers Long Ago, 1968, Baseball Is Our Game, 1982, Junior Central Bank Picture Dictionary, 1978. Project editor: 15 volunteer Young People's Story of Our Heritage, 1966 (Graphic Arts Council of Chicago award), 20 volunteer People of Destiny (Chicago Book Clinic award 1967-1968), 20 volunteer Enchantment of South and Central America, 1968-1970, 36 volunteer Open Door Books, 1968, 42 volunteer Enchantment of Africa, 1972-1978, Hobbies for Everyone: Collecting Toy Trains, 1979 (Graphic Arts award Printing Industries American), (multi-volunteer) World at War, 1980-1987, (52 volunteer) America the Beautiful, 1987-1991, (52 volunteer) From Sea to Shining Sea, 1991-1995, (multi-volunteer) Rookie Read-About Science, 1994-1997, (multi-volunteer) Cities of the World, 1995-2001, (multi-volunteer) Encyclopedia of First Ladies, 1997-2000.


Election judge, Cook County (Illinois), since 1974. Member Authors Guild, Authors League American, Alpha Phi.


Children: Timothy Alan, Julie Marie Downing Giesen, Christopher Alan.

W. Chandler Forman

Marie A. (Forster) Forman

Timothy Alan Downing

Julie Marie Downing Giesen Downing

Christopher Alan Downing