Bailey was born April 15, 1892 in Superior, Wisconsin.
She attended school in Menominee, Wisconsin, then taught home
economics at several locations before completing a B.S. degree at the
Stout Institute (now the University of Wisconsin-Stout) in 1918.
After a year at the University of Pittsburgh teaching household
science, she came to Iowa State in 1919 as an Associate Professor in the
Household Science Department (now the Human Nutrition Department of
Family and Consumer Sciences).
Bailey was an innovative instructor.
Meal planning and service was a major focus of home economists in
Nationwide, each school of home economics had developed its own
methods of table service.
Miss Bailey analyzed each school’s method and devised basic
Her course, Household Science 355:
Meal Planning, became an experimental laboratory in table
From this course came her first book, Meal Planning and Table
Service in the American Home.
This textbook was widely used in college courses and six editions
of the book were published, the final one in 1964.
1923, Beth Bailey married John McLean, who owned a drugstore in Hood
She operated the store’s lunch counter, very successfully.
John McLean died in 1932.
Beth Bailey McLean then returned to Ames with her two children,
Jack and Janet, to pursue a masters’ degree.
she completed her degree in 1933, she went to work for the Southern Rice
Industry in New Orleans as Head of their Home Economics Department. In
1937 she began a twenty year career as Head of the Home Economics
Department at Swift and Company in Chicago.
Known by the corporate name of “Martha Logan,” Mrs. McLean
and her staff of 35 home economists worked closely with the Swift
Research Department to develop, test, and promote new products.
She also traveled, speaking to both high school and college
students on advertising, new products, the role of the professional home
economist, and how to prepare for a business career.
She also continued to write books and articles, and her
contributions appeared in Wallaces Farmer, Better Homes
and Gardens, and Sunset.
During these years, she maintained close contact with Iowa State,
and hired 27 ISU graduates for her “Martha Logan” staff.
She was awarded ISU’s Alumni Recognition Medal and an honorary
doctorate in 1958.
She also received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the
University of Wisconsin-Stout in 1969.
Bailey McLean retired from Swift and Company in 1957, and joined the
home economics faculty at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.
She died September 20, 1976.
The American mother will find here
of Miss Bailey’s ideas resulted in a tradition still enjoyed by Iowa
Staters every spring. Before
the all school festival of VEISHEA was established, each division of the
campus held their own celebration.
The Home Economics celebration was called HEc Day.
On the 1921 HEc Day, 2000 visitors toured the Home Economics
classrooms and laboratory facilities and then were treated to
lunch--coffee, ham sandwiches and small cherry pies with ice cream.
In 1922, Miss McLean suggested that the little pies be sold as a
fund-raiser. Sale of 2000
pies netted $500.00. The money was used for scholarships, the divisional
publication, The Iowa Homemaker, and a donation to a girls’
school in Constantinople.
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