William H. McGaughey (father) and Joan D. McGaughey (mother) resumes


William H. McGaughey (This biography was prepared for a 1969 trade mission to Sweden, representing the NAM.)

William H. McGaughey, Senior Vice President in charge of Public Relations for the National Association of Manufacturers, came to the NAM on December 1, 1963, from American Motors Corporation where he was Vice President in charge of Communications.

Mr. McGaughey’s professional career covers more than a quarter century in the industrial communications field. He joined American Motors in 1952 as assistant to George Romney. Two years later he was named director of communications, and in 1956 was elected vice president.

A graduate of DePaw University, Mr. McGaughey spent four years in newspaper work in Indianapolis and on the Wall Street Journal in New York. He began his public relations career with the headquarters staff of the Western Electric Company.

Mr. McGaughey launched American Motors’ initial management development, college recruitment and personnel training programs. He also assisted the president in pioneering new communications mechanisms to improve relationships with employees, automobile dealers, stockholders and consumers. As coordinator of corporate advertising and exhibits, he was responsible for the company’s Disneyland Park display and the 1959 American National Exhibition display in the U.SS.R.

Mr. McGaughey is the author of a pictorial history of the automobile industry, and of articles in national publications. He was president of the Detroit Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and a national director of PRSA.

He is a member of the University Club, New York City, and the National Press Club, Washington D.C. He is married and has three sons and a daughter.

(Additional items: Dad was general chairman of the 1956 National Automobile Show in New York City, after persuading the chairman of General Motors to join the other auto companies in an industry-wide show in replacement of its own “Motorama”. He also arranged for American Motors to buy the Times building in Times Square, New York, (which has the sign with the dropping ball on New Year’s Eve) for a modest price but the post-Romney board did not approve the plan. He was also chairman of the Oakland Citizens League in Michigan and later president of New York City Public Relations Society of America. His title at American Motors was Vice President in Charge of Communications.


Joan D. McGaughey (resume written in 1976)

Name: Joanna McGaughey ( Mrs. William H.)

Address: 540 N Street Southwest, Washington D.C. 20024 (Later: 100 Sawkill Ave Milford PA 18337)

Education: De Pauw University (Greencastle, Indiana) Bachelor of Arts; Columbia University School of Journalism, Journalism degree; Additional work done at Yale University, the extension services of the University of Michigan

Member: Newswomen’s Club of New York, Inc. Also have privileges of National Press Club in Washington, D.C., of which my husband is a member.

Work Experience: Associated Press (New York - four years), a daily newspaper (Tarrytown, N.Y. Daily News and a weekly newspaper (Scarsdale, N.Y. Inquirer) assorted magazine and other publications - both features and news stories, including Detroit Free Press, Toronto (Canada) Sunday Star, Milford, Pa. Dispatch (now called Pike County Dispatch), DePauw University Alumni magazine. I have also written many Letters to the Editor which have appeared in everything from the New York Times to the Pike County Dispatch.

Life experience: 25 years in Detroit, Michigan, and its suburbs, where my husband was with the automobile industry until 1963, when he left to join the National Association of Manufacturers in New York. When the NAM moved its national officers to Washington slightly less than three years ago we moved here. (He is Senior Vice President - will retire in March, 1977 when we hope to have full time to devote to travel and writing.) He was a Vice President of American Motors Corporation, responsible for public relations - among other things - before joining NAM. 10 years in New York City. Slightly under three years in Washington, D.C. My husband began his journalistic career on newspapers in Indianapolis, Indiana, went to New York to be on the Wall Street Journal.

Special interests:

1. International Affairs. While in Detroit I was a member of the board of the International Institute, among others. I am currently a member of the American Council for Nationalities Service in which capacity I have chaired two national conventions and was also chairman of the most active committee for several years. We have had foreign students from many countries in our home - one for a school year, three for portions of a summer each. Our third son roomed with a Kikuyu - in high school. All four of our children have either been exchange students or have studied in foreign universities.

2. Cultural and educational activities. These include serving as chairman of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, school system, as a member of the board of two opera committees and one ballet company.

3. Young people and their interests and problems. We have three sons and one daughter. They attended: Yale, Harvard, the University of California - Berkeley, Stanford University.


Africa. My husband and I attended the first All-Africa Public Relations Conference held last June in Nairobi. The attached informal report on that was written for the 19 who were in our group, but was sent to the others, including Carl Reindorf, Margaret Kenyatta - Mayor of Nairobi, and various officers of the International Public Relations Association, which sponsored the conference.)
Europe. My husband was sent by the automobile industry in the early 50s to talk with and interview Mr. Winston Churchill and I sent with him, subsequently writing a number of articles for publication. We have also traveled in France, Italy, Switzerland and Germany, though not extensively.

Scandinavia. We had an extensive trip through Norway, parts of Sweden and Denmark, also Helsinki, Finland, in 1968.

The U.S.S.R. My husband was the American Motors Corporation executive assigned to attend the American Exhibition in Sokolniki Park, Moscow, in 1959. We were both present at the famous “Kitchen Debate” - because our American Motors car was in the driveway in front of the American home, where the debate occurred. We managed, prior to the opening of the exhibition, on July 4, to see a good deal of the Soviet areas - Leningrad, of course, Kiev, Samarkand, Alma Ata, Tashkent. We “touched down” brief during our Scandinavian trip, at Leningrad again in 1968.

Middle East. Our third son was a student at the American University in Beirut in 1966 0 our treason for a trip to that part of the world. We also saw a good deal of Israel, Jordan, Egypt (both Cairo and Alexandria, as well as the Valley of the Kings), and had one day in Damascus.

Central America. We had one month in Panama way back in 1948, but I do no tknow as much about South America as we could wish.

Orient. I have not been to the Orient - but my husband has had three trips there, largely in Japan and once in Korea. We have many Japanese friends, including a few important officials in the business world in Japan.

Skills: I can do both news and feature writing. I have edited may pieces of writing by others. I was responsible for selecting photographs for amy stories at the Associated Press and, for a time, was an amateur photographer myself. I can write headlines. I can also do layouts - a skill I learned while I worked on the weekly newspaper in Scarsdale, New York, as well as my work for a time as woman’s editor of the Associated Press Feature Service. I am accustomed to social and business activities with all sorts of people - especially business executives and their wives, some diplomats. I have been invited to join a White House briefing group which meets four times each year at the White House - as the guest of the wife of a top government officials. I have attended many hearings of both House and Senate committees, know many officials, am especially good at interviews, since I am interested in all sorts of people.

References: Pauline Frederick (former NBC correspondent at the UN); Carl Reindorf, Accra, Ghana; Daniel S. Parker, administrator for the Agency for International Development.

(Additional items: Mother was president of the DePauw chapter of her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, in 1931-32. Kappa Alpha Theta is the first college sorority in the United States. It was founded at DePauw in 1870. She was also selected to give the 50th anniversary address at DePauw commencement exercises in 1982. Presidential confidant Vernon Jordan gave the 25th anniversary address in the same year. The family homestead at 309 E. Seminary Street in Greencastle, Indiana, borders the college campus. The house was sold to a fraternity. At the Associated Press in New York in the late 1930s, she had her own bylined column. She later wrote a column, "Beyond the Beltway", for the Pike County Dispatch.)


Application to John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

Name: Joanna (Mrs. William H.) McGaughey

Address: 540 N Street Southwest, Washington, D.C. 20024

Present Position: none

Field of scholarship or art: writing.

Title of project: “The Making of a Schizophrenic”

State: Here in Washington and also at 100 Sawkill Avenue, Milford, PA 18337, where we have a house.

Dates: April 1, 1981 to April 1, 1982

Place and date of birth: Greencastle, Indiana, August 25, 1911

Citizenship: U.S.

Sex: F

Marital status: Married

Children: four children; Wm. Jr., 39; Andrew, 38; David, 36; Margaret, 32

Husband: William H. McGaughey

Education: DePauw U. four years, AB 1932; Columbia University School of Journalism, one year 1933-34, B.J. 1934

Foreign Languages: can read French, speak some

Professional associations: New York Newspaper Woman’s club

Positions held: Associated Press, 1936-1940, feature writer and editor, Sept. 1936-1940 Marriage took me to Michigan. Compensation was very low, ended up earning $100 a week; Tarrytown

Daily News, 1934-36, writer; Scarsdale Inquirer, writer 1933-34

References: Mr and Mrs. Charles Robbins (Pauline Frederick), formerly Wall Street Journal and NBC, 1 Stony Point, Westport, Conn. 06880; Mr. Douglas Hay, editor of Pike County Dispatch, Milford, PA 18337; Mrs. Laurena Pringle Kilpatrick, was women’s editor, Detroit Free Press, 3259 Albert Drive,RoyalOak, Mich 48072; T. George Harris was editor of Psychology Today, 62 Hodge Road, Princeton, NJ 08540

Signed: Joanna McGaughey in Washington, D.C., on July 31, 1980