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Lawrence (Larry) Kelso Frank (1890–1968), US educator and child-development expert, and a pupil of F. M. Alexander. Life Frank received a B.A. in economics in 1912 and worked as a systems analyst. In 1923 he became an executive for the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial foundation. He also worked for the General Education Board and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, where he was vice-president 1936-1942. Through foundation work he supported and developed the field of child development. He was in the forefront of the movement in the 1920s and 1930s to set up child-study institutes...
Lena Frederick (1944-1997), US teacher of the Alexander Technique. Life Lena was born in Zurich, grew up in Switzerland, Lebanon and the US. She graduated with honors from Harvard University, followed by an MFA degree in theatre directing from the Yale School of Drama. She married Michael D. Frederick. They trained together at the Constructive Teaching Centre with Walter and Dilys Carrington and qualified in 1978. Upon returning to the US she studied with Marjorie Barstow and for 17 years she produced plays at the Oak Grove School in Ojai, California.[1] [2] Writings She wrote...
Leonard Sidney Woolf (1880–1969), man of letters, political worker, author, publisher, husband of author Virginia Woolf, and a pupil of F. M. Alexander. Life Woolf worked in the Ceylon Civil Service (1904-11). He resigned in 1912 and married Virginia Stephen the same year. He turned to writing and published his first novel in 1913. He joined the Labour Party and the Fabian Society. Throughout his life he wrote articles for several journals, and was editor of The Political Quarterly (1931-59). In 1917 with his wife he founded the Hogarth Press, which published his own tracts as...
Lily Brayton (1876–1953), British actress and pupil of F. M. Alexander. Life Lily Brayton made her first appearance in 1896 and became famous for her performance in the rôle of Viola in Twelfth Night in 1901 and as Yo-San in The Darling of the Gods in 1903 or 1904. In 1898 she married the actor Oscar Asche (1871–1936) with whom she entered the management of His Majesty’s Theatre in 1916. They performed mainly in London but also toured Australia (1909–10) and South Africa (1913–14). She retired from acting in 1932.[1] [2] [3] In an advertisement...
Victor Alexander G. R. Bulwer-Lytton, 2nd Earl of Lytton (1876 –1947), was a British politician and pupil of F. M. Alexander. Life Lytton worked in the Admiralty 1916–20, before being appointed Under-Secretary of State for India 1920–22. He was Governor of Bengal 1922–27 and in 1926 served briefly as Viceroy (a post his father had held as well). He chaired the Lytton Commission, which was sent by the League of Nations on a fact-finding mission to determine who was to blame in the 1931 war between Japan and China in Manchuria. The commission’s report, officially issued on...
Louise Morgan (1886?–1964), US born journalist and author, and known for her book Inside Yourself. Life Louise Morgan was born in Providence, Rhode Island and educated in the United States at Vassar College. In 1923 she left the US for London. She first did editorial work and wrote for The Outlook, an English political-literary magazine, and was in charge of the Women’s Section. She was an editor of Everyman until it ceased publication in 1933. She joined the News Chronicle as Special Correspondent writing on a wide variety of subjects and was a regular contributor to Good...
Lulie Westfeldt (1898–1965), U. S. teacher of the Alexander Technique. Life At the age of seven she had poliomyelitis, the scars of which caused her some disability. On the advice of a friend she went in 1929 to London where she had lessons with Alexander. She joined the first teachers training course in February 1931, qualifying in 1935. She taught in New York from 1937 until her death. She ran a teachers training course in the 1940s (from which Judith Leibowitz qualified in 1949).[1] [2] (Alma Frank writes in a letter in 1947: ‘Evidently Lulie is training teachrs already....
Ellen Avery Margaret Goldie (1905-1997), British teacher of the Technique and assistant to F. M. Alexander Margaret Goldie qualified as a teacher of the Technique in 1934 and worked for Alexander until his death in 1955. Life Goldie first started having lessons in 1927 due to poor health (‘insomnia, spinal curvature, a bad digestion, a permanent feeling of nerviness [sic] and exhaustion, and great susceptibility to any form of epidemic infection’).[1] She was at that time training in the Froebel Teachers’ Training College, and was taken to see F. M. Alexander by the...
Margaret Naumburg (1890–1983), US educator, author and founder of dynamically oriented art therapy, and a pupil of F. M. Alexander. Life While a student at Barnard College, Naumburg shared rooms with Evelyn Dewey (daughter of John Dewey). Naumburg studied with John Dewey at Columbia University and did further studies at the London School of Economics and Oxford. She studied the Montessori Method with Maria Montessori in Rome in 1913. Here she met Irene Tasker and Ethel Webb. In 1914 Naumburg opened the Children’s School which was later renamed the Walden...
Marie Ney (neé Fix) (1895–1981) was an English actress and pupil of F. M. Alexander. Life As a young child, Ney went with her family to live in New Zealand. She began her acting career in that country, and continued it in Australia. After several years she moved back to Britain, where she acted at the Old Vic with many famous actors of the day such as Robert Donat (who was also a pupil of Alexander). She went on to appear in many films, from 1919 to 1964, and then in television until 1969.[1] Connection with Alexander In notes for an unpublished memoirs Marie Ney...
Marjorie (‘Marj’) Barstow (1899–1995), US teacher of the Technique who pioneered a new way of teaching the Alexander Technique in a group setting. Life Barstow was born in 1899 in Ord, Nebraska, the youngest of four children. After graduating from the University of Nebraska in 1921 she taught ballet and ballroom dancing. She came across the article ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’ in the Atlantic Monthly and decided to have lessons with Alexander. In 1927 she went to London and had a six-month course of lessons with F. M. and A. R. Alexander. After her...
Marjorie (‘Chile’) Eagar, née Gray (1915–2008), British teacher of the Alexander Technique. Marjorie Eagar lived in South America until the age of 16 when the family moved to Yorkshire. She trained as a Montessori teacher in 1932–34. After a series of lessons from Marjory Barlow she trained with Alexander 1946–48. Gray has been working as a school teacher as well as teaching the Technique. She married Geoffrey Eagar in 1956 and they moved to Wales (near Llanybri, Carmathenshire) in 1974, and later retired to Hampshire. Some descriptions of her...
Marjory Barlow (née Mechin), (1915–2006), Alexander Technique teacher, and niece to F. M. Alexander. Life F. M. Alexander’s sister, Amy, moved to London in 1911 and joined Alexander as his assistant. Amy married George Mechin in 1914 and their first child was Marjory. Being of weak health she moved in her teens into her uncle’s, Alexander’s, house where she helped out with housekeeping. Here she received lessons in the Technique and she joined the teachers training course on her 18th birthday, in May 1933. After her qualification in 1936 she worked as an...
Mary Louisa Beatrice Olcott (1864–1962), US suffragette, world traveller and author,[1] and pupil of F. M. Alexander. Life Mary Olcott was born in Brooklyn, New York. She received her education at private schools and under the guidance of tutors. She was of a colonial family which had settled in the US in the 17th century. She wrote a genealogical history of her family, tracing it back to 16th century England. In 1902 she published a book of poems,[2] and she also wrote articles on gardening. She was a member of more than 20 associations, societies and clubs, mainly historical and...
Lucy Mary Silcox (1862–1947), teacher and headmistress, and pupil of F. M. Alexander Life Silcox took an M.A. in London and the Classical Tripos at Newnham College, Cambridge. She was Headmistress of East Liverpool High School in 1901 and of Dulwich High School from 1901 to 1908. In 1909 she became Headmistress of St. Felix School, Southwold, a girls’ boarding school founded in 1897. She oversaw the construction of several new buildings and the purchase of many acres of land for playing fields and buildings. Her time at St. Felix has been described as a golden age for the...
Matheson Lang (1879–1948) was a British actor, actor-manager and playwright, and a pupil of F. M. Alexander. Life Matheson Lang began his career in 1897, and first played in London in 1900. He became well-known for his Shakespearen roles, playing Othello, Hamlet and Romeo, among others. He worked with Sir Frank Benson, Lillie Langtry, Ellen Terry, Oscar Asche (also a pupil of Alexander) and Nora Kerin (also a pupil of Alexander). He performed as Romeo with Nora Kerin as Juliet in 1908. Between 1910 and 1913 Lang and his wife (the actress Nelly Hutin Britton) formed their own...
Maurice Baring (1874–1945), dramatist, poet, novelist, essayist, travel writer and war correspondent. He was a pupil of Alexander. Life He started out as a diplomat, serving in Paris, Copenhagen and Rome, but he resigned from the Foreign Office to cover the Russo-Japanese war for the Morning Post in 1904. At the start of World War I he joined the Royal Flying Corps, and later served in the Royal Air Force. He received an OBE in 1918. In the 1920s he enjoyed success as a dramatist and novelist. He was a prolific and popular author and wrote over fifty books, countless articles and...
Maurice Burton (1898 –1992), a British zoologist and popular science author, and a pupil of F. M. Alexander. Life Maurice Burton read Zoology at London University. He worked at the British Museum of Natural History from 1927 to 1958. He was the Science Editor for the Illustrated London News and Nature Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph. He wrote some twenty natural history books, and contributed to several natural history encyclopedias, especially for children.[1] Connection with F. M. Alexander The following is an extract from a letter from Maurice Burton to ‘Nikko...
Maxwell (‘Max’) Alexander (1916-1997), British teacher of the Technique and nephew to F. M. Alexander. Life At the suggestion of his father, A. R. Alexander, Max Alexander trained with Alexander (1934–37). Afterwards he moved to join his father, A. R. Alexander, in Boston, where they both taught the Technique. He returned to the UK in 1939, first teaching at Ashley Place, and then joining the Territorial Army, eventually rising to the rank of major. He taught the Technique 1946-52 (in the latter years in Nottingham) and then returned to the regular Army. From 1958...
Michael McCallion (1938–2004), UK voice teacher whose work was influenced by the Alexander Technique. Life Michael McCallion graduated from the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in London, in 1960. He taught at the Webber-Douglas Academy, the East 15 Acting School, at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art 1968–1980 where he taught voice as well as directing, as well as at other London drama schools, and with Major theatre companies worldwide. He was married to Anna McCallion who trained as a teacher of the Alexander Technique, and Michael’s work was informed by the...

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