jmccord.jpgJoan McCord, the first female president of the American Society of Criminology, died on Feb. 24 of lung cancer. She was 73.
The New York native received her bachelor’s and doctorate degrees from Stanford University and did graduate work at Stanford and Harvard University. She taught sixth graders in Concord, Mass., then spent several years raising her children as a single mom.
McCord joined the faculty of Temple University as a criminal justice professor in 1987. Over the next 17 years, she developed a reputation as an internationally known scholar on the development of criminal behavior by writing, co-writing and editing 12 books and over 120 articles on delinquency, violence in the inner city and alcoholism.
McCord was best known for examining programs aimed at diverting juveniles from crime. After extensive study, she determined that summer camps, Scared Straight prison visitation programs and police-led drug education programs in schools did not always deter at-risk youths from committing crimes or becoming alcoholics.
McCord served as a senior research associate at the Center for Research in Human Development on Education and was the co-chair of the Panel on Juvenile Crime for the National Academy of Sciences. She also received numerous honors, including the American Society of Criminology’s Sutherland Award and the Prix Emile Durkheim Award from the International Society of Criminology.