|Birth: ||Mar. 17, 1896|
|Death: ||Jan. 30, 1982|
Helen Merrell Lynd, with her husband, Robert Staughton Browning Lynd, coauthored the classic sociological work "Middletown: A Study in Contemporary American Culture." A study of the lives of the citizens of an average American town in the 1920s, the book became a best-seller and a standard text for sociology students. She was one of the three daughters of Edward Tracy Merrell, the editor of the Congregationalist Church publication "The Advance," and Mabel Waite Merrell.
The Lynds followed up on Middletown residents in the 1930s, producing the volume "Middletown in Transition: A Study in Cultural Conflicts." In addition to these collaborative works with her husband, Lynd also had a successful independent career in academia. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College in 1919, and taught in two girls' schools in New York. After completing her research for the Middletown studies, she received her master's degree and a combined doctorate in history and philosophy from Columbia University.
She was a member of the staff of Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, Westchester County, New York, where she wrote a number of books on education, history, philosophy, and sociology during her thirty-six year career there. Lynd House, a dormitory on the campus of Sarah Lawrence, is named in her honor. (One of the dorm rooms in Lynd House is known by the students as the Yoko Ono room because Ono lived in this residence hall during her attendance at Sarah Lawrence.)
Mrs. Lynd had lived in Manhattan until 1981.
Helen and Robert Staughton Lynd had two children, the eldest being Staughton Lynd, a lawyer and historian noted for anti-war, civil rights and community activism, and a daughter, Andrea Lynd Nold. She was survived by her children, two sisters, Margaret Merrell of Gorham, New Hampshire, Adela Merrell Prentiss of Rockport, Massachusetts, and five grandchildren.
Edward T. Merrell (1866 - 1945)
Mabel Waite Merrell (1867 - 1952)
Robert Staughton Browning Lynd (1892 - 1970)*
Note: Some bio material taken from the New York Times, Feb. 1, 1982.
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