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A Response to the Need: Carol Marie Herb

A Response to the Need: Carol Marie Herb
Carol Marie Herb

“The daughter of an Athens couple has been named editor of The Methodist Woman, a national magazine for Methodist women leaders,” announced The Athens Messenger of Athens, Ohio, on January 27, 1967. “Miss Carol Marie Herb, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Herb, was promoted from managing editor of the magazine during the annual meeting of the board of missions of the Methodist Church at Louisville.”

Carol Marie Herb was the first and longest editor of response, serving as editor from 1969 until her retirement in 1994. response was born of the merger of The Methodist Woman, the magazine serving women in the Methodist Church, and World Evangel, the women’s magazine for the Evangelical United Brethren Church, upon the two denominations coming together to form The United Methodist Church. Herb became editor, and Mary McLanahan, editor of World Evangel, became the associate editor. Herb also wrote the book The Light Along the Way: A Living History Through United Methodist Women’s Magazines, published in 1994. Herb passed away in August 2018.

Born in 1930 in Conneaut, Ohio, Herb received a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1952 and a master’s in journalism in 1957 from the Ohio State University. She was a student reporter for The Athens Messenger, and she went on to study at New York University and the New School for Social Research in New York City. She also taught high school English and journalism in Urichsville and Kettering, Ohio.

Herb started as a writer for the Board of Missions of the Methodist Church and became part of the editorial staff for The Methodist Woman in 1962, becoming its managing editor in 1965 and editor in 1967, just before taking the lead for response. During her career she visited over 50 countries in five continents.

“The magazine is a response to the need for a publication that speaks specifically to United Methodist Women throughout the country,” stated Herb and McLanahan in inaugural issue of response. “The magazine is firmly based on the belief that there is a place for a women’s organization within The United Methodist Church. Through the Women’s Society of Christian Service, Wesleyan Service Guild and Women’s Division, many acts of service and education are being accomplished within the church and the world that might be left undone without this organization.”

Compiled from “OU Graduate Named Church Magazine Editor,” The Athens Messenger, January 27, 1967; The Florida Methodist, October 1967; The Louisiana Methodist, January 2, 1969; and “Carol Marie Herb,” The Star Beacon, September 5, 2018.

Posted or updated: 4/3/2019 12:00:00 AM

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