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Marguerite Johnston, American Journalist, author. 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.


Bachelor of Arts, 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, Houston Post, 1969-1985;associate editor editorial page, Houston Post, 1972-1977;assistant editor editorial page, Houston Post, 1977-1985. Lecturer in field, since 1947. Instructor creative writing U. Houston, 1946-1947, lecturer feature writing, 1965-1966.

Lecturer Baker College, Rice U., 1977-1978. Delegate Asian American Women Journalists Conference, Honolulu, 1965, 1st World Conference Women Journalists, Mexico City, 1969.



Board of directors Texas Bill of Rights Foundation, 1962-1964. Board directors Planned Parenthood, 1953-1955, Population Institute, 1985-1991. Member Municipal Art Commission, 1971-1976, Houston Committee Foreign Relations.

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.

Robert C. Johnston

Marguerite (Spradling) Johnston

Charles Wynn Barnes

Susan Johnston

Patricia Johnston

Steven Johnston

Polly Johnston