Elaine "Mac" Macmann Willoughby
March 22, 1926 - November 12, 2012


Born Elaine Maybelle Macmann, the only child of Mabel and Walter Macmann.

Mac lived initially in Lexington, MA before the family later moved to Cranston, RI. She had difficulty in school until they finally realized that she couldn't see the blackboard! Glasses changed her outlook on education and likewise her success.

She attended Wheelock College for her undergraduate degree ( B.S. of Education) and graduated in 1949 while serving as vice-president of her class.

She continued her education with study at the University of Rhode Island in the summer of 1951, and the Breadloaf School of English at Middlebury College the summer of 1953. From 1954 to 1957 she attended he Teacher's College of Columbia University and emerged with a MA and PhD in education.

In addition to writing she loved teaching both children and college students. From 1949 to 1951 she taught first grade in Norwood MA. From 1951 to 1952 she taught first grade in Arlington, VA. and from 1952 to 1953 she taught first grade in Wilmington, DE. From 1954 to 1957 while working on her masters and doctorate she taught 5 year olds at the Agnes Russel Center of the Teachers College in NY.

In 1957 she married Robert Willoughby, who she had been dating on and off again for several years. They first met at a church group in Boston while she was teaching in Norwood and Bob was a the New England Conservatory. She moved to Oberlin where the family lived (except for one year in Cincinatti and two years in London) until 1987 when they moved to New Castle, NH.

In 1960, while in Cincinatti for the year, her son John was born.

During the 1960s she taught Children's Literature, Language Arts and Child Developoment courses at Bowling Green and Kent State Universities. The summers of '60, '61, '63, '69, '70 and '71 saw her teaching as an Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire where she taught Children's Literature and Language Arts classes. Other teaching engagements included courses taught at Oberlin College, Baldwin-Wallace College, and Lorain Community College.

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