Mildred George Goertzel, B.A.
Mildred Goertzel, formerly a high school teacher, became director of the Forum School for Emotionally Disturbed Children in Paterson, New Jersey, but later devoted full time to writing. She received her Bachelor’s degree in English from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and did graduate work in English at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University, as well as in child development at the University of California at Berkeley.
Mildred met her husband Victor in the late 1930s, and the couple traveled to Mexico, where they became acquainted with the painters Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, and also where they discovered Quakerism. They both subsequently spent a lifetime working on peace and social justice issues, and both were intrigued with early influences on children who later became famous people. In 1962, they wrote Cradles of Eminence, which soon became recognized as a classic. Other jointly authored books followed, including Three Hundred Eminent Personalities (1978) and Linus Pauling: A Life in Science and Politics (1995). Mildred died in 2000.