Good, Mary Magdalene (1890-1982)

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Mary Magdalene Good was born 23 July 1890 in Concord, TN to Henry H. and Susan (Ressler) Good. She was the youngest of eleven children, nine of whom grew to maturity. She received a BA degree from Goshen College in 1919 and an MA degree from George Peabody College for Teachers in 1936. She served in India under the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities (Mennonite Church) from 1920 to 1952. She was principal of the Balodgahan Garjan Memorial School, which began in 1912 as a girls' school and became coeducational in 1936. Her master's thesis at Peabody set forth a program of study for the Balodgahan school, emphasizing the integration of learning and everyday life. Much emphasis was placed on individual growth, social relationships, and the Hindi language. During her last years she was a member of the Assembly Mennonite congregation at Goshen, Indiana. She died 25 January 1982 at Greencroft Retirement Center, Goshen, Indiana.


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Author(s) Elaine Sommers Rich
Date Published 1987

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 349. All rights reserved.

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