IRA Presidents

Many dedicated men and women have served as president of The International Reading Association. Since William S. Gray took office as IRA’s first president from 1955–1956, these elected leaders have donated their service and devoted countless hours to Association work.

Term

President

Conference site

World Congress site

1955–56

William S. Gray

Chicago

 

1956–57

Nancy Larrick

New York

 

1957–58

Albert J. Harris

Milwaukee

 

1958–1959

George D. Spache

Toronto

 

1959–60

A. Sterl Artley

New York

 

1960–61

Mary C. Austin

St. Louis

 

1961–62

William D. Sheldon

San Francisco

 

1962–63

Morton Botel

Miami Beach

 

1963–64

Nila Banton Smith

Philadelphia

 

1964–65

Theodore Clymer

Detroit

 

1965–66

Dorothy K. Bracken

Dallas

 

1966–67

Mildred A. Dawson

Seattle

Paris

1967–68

H. Alan Robinson

Boston

 

1968–69

Leo C. Fay

Kansas City

Copenhagen

1969–70

Helen Huus

Anaheim

 

1970–71

Donald L. Cleland

Atlantic City

Sydney

1971–72

Theodore L. Harris

Detroit

 

1972–73

William K. Durr

Denver

Buenos Aires

1973–74

Millard H. Black

New Orleans

 

1974–75

Constance McCullough

New York

Vienna

1975–76

Thomas C. Barrett

Anaheim

 

1976–77

Walter H. MacGinnitie

Miami Beach

Singapore

1977–78

William Eller

Houston

 

1978–79

Dorothy S. Strickland

Atlanta

Hamburg

1979–80

Roger C. Farr

St. Louis

 

1980–81

Olive S. Niles

New Orleans

Manila

1981–82

Kenneth S. Goodman

Chicago

 

1982–83

Jack Cassidy

Anaheim

Dublin

1983–84

Ira E. Aaron

Atlanta

 

1984–85

Bernice E. Cullinan

New Orleans

Hong Kong

1985–86

John C. Manning

Philadelphia

 

1986–87

Roselmina Indrisano

Anaheim

London

1987–88

Phyllis J. Adams

Toronto

 

1988–89

Patricia S. Koppman

New Orleans

Gold Coast

1989–90

Dale Johnson

Atlanta

 

1990–91

Carl Braun

Las Vegas

Stockholm

1991–92

Judith Thelen

Orlando

 

1992–93

Marie M. Clay

San Antonio

Maui

1993–94

Doris Roettger

Toronto

 

1994–95

Susan Mandel Glazer

Anaheim

Buenos Aires

1995–96

Dolores B. Malcolm

New Orleans

 

1996–97

Richard T. Vacca

Atlanta

Prague

1997–98

John J. Pikulski

Orlando

 

1998–99

Kathryn A. Ransom

San Diego

Ocho Rios

1999–2000

Carol M. Santa

Indianapolis

 

2000–01

Carmelita K. Williams

New Orleans

Auckland

2001–02

Donna M. Ogle

San Francisco

 

2002–03

Jerry L. Johns

Orlando

Edinburgh

2003–04

Lesley Mandel Morrow

Reno-Tahoe

 

2004–05

MaryEllen Vogt

San Antonio

Manila

2005–06

Richard Allington

Chicago

 

2006–07

Timothy Shanahan

Toronto

Budapest

2007–08

Linda Gambrell

Atlanta

 

2008–09

Barbara Walker

Phoenix and Minneapolis

Costa Rica

2009–10

Kathryn H. Au

Chicago

 

2010–11

Patricia A. Edwards

Orlando

New Zealand

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