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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Virginia Meachum  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:CHILD C:YA

Born: 1918 in Chicago, Illinois

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Meachum lived the majority of her life in Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Virginia Meachum graduated from Austin High School in Chicago and from Illinois State University in 1943 with a bachelor of education degree. She taught in the grade schools of New London, Conn., before moving to Champaign, where she worked as an administrative secretary at the University of Illinois. In 1948, her family settled in Danville, Illinois. There, she combined homemaking with free-lance feature writing for various publications. Later, she specialized in writing biographies for young adult readers, including books on Janet Reno, Steven Spielberg, Jane Goodall, and other “People to Know.”She was a 30-year volunteer in the former Lakeview Hospital Gift Shop, past president of Chapter KE of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, a volunteer tutor in the READS program of Danville Elementary Schools and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.


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