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Barbara Spofford Morgan (July 15, 1887 - April 1, 1971) was an American educator, essayist on religion and a specialist in mental testing. She is the mother of John Spofford Morgan.
Barbara Spofford was born on July 15, 1887, in New York City, the daughter of Charles Ainsworth Spofford, a director of the Northern Pacific Railway, and Ellen Boardman. They moved to Norfolk, Connecticut, to give their daughter a better environment, and in 1898, built The Alders (now known as the Manor House), a Victorian Tudor-style mansion, designed by E.K. Rossiter. Later Barbara and Shepard Morgan lived on Mountain Road, Norfolk. Spofford was the granddaughter of Ainsworth Rand Spofford, Librarian of the United States Congress from 1864 to 1897.
She was educated at Miss Spence's School in New York City, and then attended Wycombe Abbey School in England where her father was working on a government commission. In 1905, she was presented at court in the presence of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. Morgan attended Darmstadt University in Germany and in 1909 Bryn Mawr College. After college, she made a world tour.
On February 20, 1912, she married Shepard Ashman Morgan (1884-1968), president of the Chase National Bank and author of The History of Parliamentary Taxation in England and Reminiscences of Shepard Ashman Morgan (1950). The Morgans were members of the Jekyll Island Club, a Southern haven for America's millionaires.
In 1926, while her husband was economic advisor and later finance director of the Office for Reparation Payments in Berlin, Germany, she enrolled at the Friedrich Wilhelm University, where she received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in 1928, the first American woman to achieve such a distinction. Her doctoral thesis was The Individual in American Education.
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Morgan was the author of The Backward Child, a Study of the Psychology and Treatment of Backwardness; A Practical Manual for Teachers and Students (1914), Frienly Shepherdess (1933), Individuality in a collective world (1935), Skeptic's search for God (1947) (reissued in 1949 as Man's restless search). She also contributed articles to The Atlantic, the North American Review, and The Baltimore Sun.
From 1910 to 1911, she directed the psychological clinic of the Neurological Institute of New York. In 1911, she was featured in a full-page article in The New York Times: "Teaching Backward Children Their A-B-C's by Dancing, Where ordinary methods fails, Miss Barbara Spofford resorts to a novel plan of her own to instill the alphabet into youthful minds". From 1916 to 1918 she lectured on mental testing at the New York University and from 1914 to 1920 she had a private practice in mental testing in New York City.
Morgan was governor of the Women's Municipal League, a field worker for the North American Civil League for Immigrants and an activist for the benefit of the Randalls Island Hospital for Mental Defectives. She was a trustee of the Public Education Association and a governor of the Cosmopolitan Club.
In 1970, she donated The Papers of Ainsworth Rand Spofford to the Library of Congress. Morgan died on April 1, 1971, in Canaan, Connecticut.
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In 2011 Barbara Spofford's son, John Spofford Morgan (November 13, 1917 – April 28, 2015), was highlighted by the New York (magazine) for having married his partner of 64 years, Louis Halsey (1923 – October 10, 2014), in 2011. The Morgans (father, mother, son and son-in-law) are buried in Norfolk Center Cemetery, in Norfolk, Connecticut, with Spofford's family. It was Morgan that, in 2004, inscribed Ainsworth Rand Spofford's tombstone at Rock Creek Cemetery; until that time, it had remained blank. John Spofford Morgan attended Harvard University, A.B. in 1939. During World War II Morgan and Halsey both served in the Navy on different oceans. Morgan was on a Navy destroyer in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Later Morgan worked as an economist. Morgan was a classic music lover and was on the board of the InterSchool Orchestras of New York. Halsey was an hairdresser at the Westbury Hotel. In 1947 Morgan attended Columbia University for his Master's in International Affairs. It was at this time that he met Halsey, at the New Verdi on West 72nd. Halsey said it was "Love at first sight", while instead Morgan admitted it was a slower thing for him. They married on November 11, 2011, at 11:11, at their apartment in East 10th Street. Halsey died on October 10, 2014. Spofford died six months later on April 28, 2015.
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