Ada Lufkin <I>Gould</I> Allport

Ada Lufkin Gould Allport

Lincolnville, Waldo County, Maine, USA
Death 3 Jun 1975 (aged 76)
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Begonia Path, Lot 9349
Memorial ID 102240063 · View Source
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Ada Allport
United States Social Security Death Index
birth: 13 October 1898
death: June 1975 Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Ada L Gould
United States Census, 1910
birth: 1899 Maine
residence: 1910 Boston Ward 22, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
father: Robert E Gould
other: Joseph E Gould
Ada Lufkin Gould Allport was a clinical psychologist. She graduated from Radcliffe College in 1920, where she was awarded a special prize for her work in experimental aesthetics in the Psychological Laboratory. She received her masters degree from Harvard University in 1921 and had additional clinical training in 1924-25.Between 1920 and 1939 she worked as a social worker and clinical psychologist, holding positions in several agencies that served adolescent girls. During this period she published at least one article and several book reviews on psychology and social work. In 1922 she returned to Radcliffe to take a course on Social Ethics with the noted physician and ethicist Richard Cabot, a person who would have significant influence on both her and her husband's work.

She married Gordon Allport, a psychologist who would become noted for his pioneering research on human personality, in Boston on June 30, 1925. They had one child, Robert Bradlee, born June 29, 1927.

Ada Gould was an important collaborator -- and in some instances, unacknowledged co-author -- in her husband's work with individual cases. In 1956 she visited South Africa, where her husband delivered the Hoernlé lectures. After the visit Gordon Allport predicted that the white supremacist cultures of both South Africa and the American South would be overthrown. Correspondence survives that suggests Ada Allport was in conversation with persons who who had insight into the situation in South Africa, and contributed to Gordon's assessment.

Ada Gould's experience -- a bright, accomplished woman who was denied the opportunities and recognition afforded her husband -- was not uncommon for a woman of her generation. It is interesting to note that while her accomplishments, but not her husband's, were overlooked in her son's obituary, it was her daughter-in-law, Ardys Allport, who was instrumental in making sure Ana's unpublished work in support of her husband was preserved and donated to the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe.

Sources: The Harvard Graduates' Magazine, Volume 29; The Case(s)of Gordon Allpert, Nicole Barenbaum;

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Gordon W Allport
1897 - 1967
Ada L Allport
1898 - 1975

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