MacKenzie photographed at the New York Times in 1947
Baddeck, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada
|Died||30 October 1949 (aged 55)|
New York, New York, United States
|Other names||Catherine Bierstadt|
MacKenzie was born in the small town of Baddeck, Nova Scotia, around 1894. Baddeck was the site of Alexander Graham Bell's summer home, and towards the end of his life he spent increasing time there conducting experiments. For the eight years preceding Bell's 1922 death, MacKenzie worked as his personal secretary and research assistant. In 1928 she published a biography of Bell entitled Alexander Graham Bell: The Man Who Contracted Space.
By 1929, MacKenzie had moved to New York City where she initially found work writing a series of newspaper and magazine articles about her home province of Nova Scotia, which were paid for by the provincial government. She later became the parent/child editor of the New York Times, a position she held until her death. In 1947, she received the Lasker Award for her work on mental illness, in relation to her regular "Parent and Child" column.
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- "Catherine MacKenzie (Bierstadt) (ca. 1894-1949)". Smithsonian Institution Archives. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
- Gray, Charlotte (2006). Reluctant Genius: Alexander Graham Bell and the Passion for Invention. Arcade Publishing. p. 437. ISBN 9781559708098.
- "Theatre Notes". Brooklyn Life and Activities of Long Island Society. 1 June 1929. p. 17. Retrieved 16 May 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Albert Lasker Awards Given by the National Committee Against Mental Illness". Prior Awards. Lasker Foundation. Retrieved 16 May 2015.