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Ellsworth, Mary Morton, 1916-2004



  • Existence: 1916 - 2004


Mary Morton Ellsworth, a psychometrist, was born in Sandusky, Ohio, in 1916. Morton graduated from Sandusky High School in 1933, then earned a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1937. In 1941, after completing an MA at the University of Michigan, she married Herman Charles Ellsworth in her parents' home in Sandusky. Mary and Charles Ellsworth had two daughters, Ann and Jonnifer ("Jonni"), and the family moved to Ithaca, New York. Mary Ellsworth was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1948 and recovered at Biggs State Hospital for two years. During that time, her husband was completing a residency at the University of Nebraska in Omaha and her two young daughters lived with a foster family, David and Ruth Kirk. In 1951, the Ellsworth family moved to Cherokee, Iowa, and in 1957, Mary and Charles Ellsworth were divorced.

Mary Ellsworth moved to Iowa City with her daughters in 1957 and took additional graduate course work at the University of Iowa. In 1961, she began work as a psychometrist in the University Counseling Service, where she remained until her retirement in 1981. Ellsworth enjoyed doing genealogical research and belonged to several local organizations such as 4-H and the League of Women Voters. She moved to Oaknoll Retirement Center in 1991 and died in 2004.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Mary Morton Ellsworth papers

Identifier: IWA0534

Ohio born psychometrist who divorced in 1957 and moved to Iowa City with her daughters.

Dates: 1833-2004