Sara McLanahan Death – Obituary, Sara McLanahan Has Passed Away

By | January 5, 2022

Sara McLanahan Death – Obituary – Sara Francis Smith was born in Tyler, Texas, on December 27, 1940, where she lived with her parents and one sibling until moving to Irvington, New York, to attend Bennet Junior College in 1959. Graduating with highest honors, she moved to Northampton, Massachusetts, to attend Smith College in 1961, but dropped out to marry Ellery McLanahan in 1962. By the early 1970s, Sara, her husband, and the couple’s three children had settled in Houston, where, in 1972, the couple divorced. Shortly thereafter, Sara completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Houston.

While raising her children on her own, she earned her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Texas in 1979. Later, she would come to be known for her pathbreaking work on single motherhood, an interest sparked by becoming a single mother herself.

Sara McLanahan Death – Obituary, Sara McLanahan Has Passed Away

Sad day y’day hearing about Sara McLanahan. Her work on the family and poverty was sometimes misused by political groups, left and right… and by some sociologists. I increasingly saw her mis-cited as a “straw woman” of social demography.