decorative bar


corner Last update of this page: July 2nd 2004 corner
Elisabeth Irwin
(August 29, 1880 - October 16, 1942) U.S.A.

Elisabeth Irwin

Psychologist and progressive educator


Elisabeth Irwin was born in Brooklyn , and educated at Packer Collegiate and Smith College, She first became a journalist, and later took a degree in psychology at Columbia University.

In 1916, as a staff psychologist for the newly formed Progressive Education Association, she commenced a landmark "experiment" in education that was part of a wholesale rethinking of American education and which would result in the founding of one of the most well-known schools in the world-the Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School.

She was a declared lesbian, living with her life partner Katharine Anthony and the two children they adopted. She died in the New York Hospital


Click on the letter I to go back to the list of names

corner © Matt & Andrej Koymasky, 1997 - 2008 corner