Taeuber, Irene Barnes
- Ansley J. Coale
Taeuber, Irene Barnes (25 December 1906–24 February 1974), demographer, was born in Meadville, Missouri, the daughter of Ninevah C. Barnes, a farmer and barber, and Lily Keller. After graduating from public high school, Irene Barnes spent a year at a teacher’s college, then transferred to the University of Missouri, where she majored in sociology, receiving her A.B. in 1927. She continued her study of sociology, earning an M.A. from Northwestern in 1928 and a Ph.D. from Minnesota in 1931. In 1929 she married a fellow graduate student, Conrad Taeuber. Both Taeubers received faculty appointments at Mount Holyoke in 1931. In 1934 Conrad Taeuber accepted a research position in Washington, D.C., at the Federal Relief Administration, the beginning of an outstanding career in research and administration with the Department of Agriculture, the United Nations, and the Bureau of the Census....