Katharine Elizabeth McBride

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Katharine Elizabeth McBride
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Born 1904
Died 1976
Nationality American
Occupation psychology professor
Known for president of Bryn Mawr College

Katharine E. McBride (1904 Philadelphia - 1976) was the fourth president of Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, a position she held from 1942 until 1970.


McBride received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College, as well as her graduate degrees. Her research was in aphasia and adult intelligence.[1] Prior to becoming president of Bryn Mawr College, she served as dean of Radcliffe College—much like her predecessor, Marion Edwards Park. During her tenure as president, McBride oversaw the opening of the Child Study Institute, the creation of a lab nursery school, and the construction of Mariam Coffin Canaday Library, Erdman Hall, Haffner Hall, and additions to the Park Science Center.[2] She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1968.[3]


From her research she internalized what she called "an inclination to ask about every event or kind of behavior, 'What can we learn from this?'"


  • Higher education and the pace of change, University of Pittsburgh Press, 1972, ISBN 9780822952299
  • Theodore Herman Weisenburg, Anne Roe, Katharine Elizabeth McBride, Adult intelligence: a psychological study of test performances, The Commonwealth Fund, 1936
  • Theodore Herman Weisenburg, Katharine Elizabeth McBride, Aphasia: A Clinical and Psychological Study, Commonwealth Fund, 1935


  1. ^ "The Six Presidents of Bryn Mawr College". Bryn Mawr College. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Katharine E. McBridge 1942-1970". Bryn Mawr College. 
  3. ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter M" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 

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