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Margaret Louise Strachan Alexander

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

Background

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.

Career

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.

Works

Membership

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.

Connections

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).

father:
Frank Russel Pitcairn

mother:
Margaret (Marcus) Pitcairn

spouses:
John E. Strachan

Jack M. Alexander

children:
Jacqueline McCarthy Alexander

Bruce Pitcairn Alexander

John Alexander