Longtime Hill author, pioneer of journalism, dies at 92

by Lyn Lear

Marion Lucille Steinman was a pioneer in journalism long before the word “feminist” came into vogue.

An author of several books, Steinmann had resided on Highland Avenue in Chestnut Hill for over 35 years and was active in the Philadelphia Cricket Club, the Germantown Science and Arts Club, and the Chestnut Hill Community Association. She died at the age of 92 on April 6 in Cathedral Village in Upper Roxborough.

Steinman was raised in Rochester, New York, the daughter of Lucille Collier Steinman and Edwin Oliver Steinman. She excelled academically at West High School and was an editor for The Occident News. She joined Cornell University in one of the first groups of National Scholars, a program that provides tuition and room funding, and was on the staff of The Cornell Daily Sun.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1950, Steinman worked as a science reporter for Life magazine, arguably the country’s most famous publication at the time. In 1963, she was promoted to writer and assistant editor, and later to assistant editor, writing on science and medicine. She is the author of the book “Island Life” published by Time-Life Films. It continued in Life magazine until its closure in 1972.

“In Time-Life, the editors were mainly men, while the women were researchers or assistants,” Ellie, sister of Marion, 86, told The Local last week. In those days, we just accepted this division of labor. Marion was an editor which was an achievement.

“I don’t think she ever complained about sexist attitudes,” Elle continued. “I worked briefly myself at Time-Life, to fill in for people who were away. I worked at Sports Illustrated, Life International, and Architectural Forum, so I know what it was like to work there.”

In 1971, Steinman received the Medical Journalism Award from the American Medical Association “for his outstanding contribution to a better understanding of medicine and health.”

One of her books was “A Parent’s Guide to Allergy and Asthma (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Series)”.

But the book that meant the most to her, according to Ellie, “was Women at Work,” because it was her own concept, and she devised the survey for the survey, which earned a 60% return.

“The survey results completely demolish the myth that during the 1950s women had no choice but to be a housewife and that women of our generation did not work,” Marion wrote.

In 1979, Marion married Charles A. Joyner, who holds a Ph.D., and chair of the Department of Political Science at Temple University, moved to Chestnut Hill.

The couple enjoyed outdoor dining, theater and entertainment. Dr. Joyner passed away on March 7, 2015. Marion had a stroke in 2015 and moved from Chestnut Hill to Cathedral Village.

According to Eli, “I thought it might be helpful to include how Marion’s life has been since she had a stroke in 2015, because often stroke patients are completely helpless. Marion wasn’t.”

Ellie’s daughter, Katie, who was Marion’s caregiver, said, “Marion had aphasia and great difficulty speaking, but she said, ‘I can’t talk, but I can communicate. (Aphasia is a language disorder caused by damage to an area of ​​the brain that controls language expression.) She was mentally alert, reading the New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer every day and watching the news. She also read books and articles in magazines in The New Yorker, Smithsonian, and National Geographic.

Ellie added, “My daughter and I talked to her every day, and we shared our activities. I followed our activities. For example, I was on a trip last week in the Galapagos Islands with my family. My husband, who stayed at home, spoke with Marion every night about our day trip activities. It was It has a map and general description of our daily activities.It also follows a trip my husband and I recently took in Antarctica.

“She had mobility issues and was in a wheelchair,” Ellie continued. “She underwent physical therapy and speech therapy throughout her stay (at Cathedral Village), but was able to perform activities of daily living and make her own health decisions. The pandemic was difficult because the nursing facility was closed to visitors most of the time, but she didn’t complain.”

Steinman is survived by her sister, Eleanor Steinman Schrader of Santa Fe, New Mexico, nephew Michael C. Schrader, MD, PhD, of San Francisco, and niece, Catherine E. Schrader of Salem, Massachusetts. The burial was at Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, New York.

Len Lear can be reached at lenlear@chestnuthilllocal.com.

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