Laverne Burchfield (1900-1981) was managing editor of Public Administration Review from 1944 to 1958. Born on a farm near Holland, OH, Burchfield earned her bachelor’s degree and her Ph.D. degree in political science at the University of Michigan. She served as ASPA’s secretary/treasurer in its formative years and wrote the proposal that funded the Society’s first executive director position. Prior to her ASPA involvement, she was assistant editor of Social Science Abstracts, a staff member of the Social and Economic Research Division of the Tennessee Valley Authority, editor of the reports of the President’s Committee on Administrative Management (Brownlow Committee), research associate of Public Administration Service and assistant to the director of the Rural Education Project at the University of Chicago.
After leaving ASPA, she returned to the Public Administration Service as director of publications and retired in 1965.
Published in PAR in 2002, The Amazing Miss Burchfield chronicles further details of her life and contribution to the field.