Margaret SeligmanLewisohn

Margaret Seligman Lewisohn not only gave generously to education causes, as the head of the Public Education Association she helped make the community as passionate about education as she was. The child of parents from two major banking families, Lewisohn graduated in 1914 from what would become the Juilliard School of Music before studying at Columbia University’s Teacher’s College. Then, in 1922, she joined the Public Education Association, becoming their professional director in 1941 and chair of their board in 1946. Through the association, she worked with the city’s Board of Education to improve school facilities, teachers, and curricula. From 1930–1936 she chaired the activist Women’s City Club education committee, studying the progress of both gifted and special needs students in New York’s public schools. She also chaired the board of the Little Red School House from 1936–1940 and worked on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s education committee from 1936–1944. She wrote, “The schools will only be as good as we citizens desire them to be…We must continue to create an aroused public opinion that will demand the best in education and that will be willing to pay for it now.”

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New York, NY
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