Jessamyn West

1902/3 - 1984
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Personal Information: Family: Born July 18, 1902, in Jennings County, Ind.; died of a stroke February 23 (some sources say February 22), 1984 in Napa, Calif.; daughter of Eldo Ray (a citrus farmer) and Grace Anna (Milhous) West; married Harry Maxwell McPherson (a school superintendent) August 16, 1923; children: Ann Cash (adopted daughter). Education: Whittier College, A.B.,1923; attended University of California at Berkeley; studied at Oxford University, 1929. Religion: Society of Friends (Quaker).

Memberships: American Civil Liberties Union, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Addresses: Home and Office: 2480 3rd Ave., Napa, Calif. 94558.

Career: Writer, 1935-84. Taught at writers' conferences at Breadloaf, Indiana University, University of Notre Dame, University of Colorado, Squaw Valley University of Utah, University of Washington, Stanford University, University of Montana, Portland University, University of Kentucky, and Loyola Marymount University. Visiting professor at Wellesley College, University of California at Irvine, Mills College, and Whittier College. Visiting lecturer at numerous colleges.