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Jean Houston

(May 10, 1937 -- present)

Jean Houston

Jean Houston is an American author and lecturer, also involved in the "Human Potential Movement". Jean, along with her husband, Robert Masters, co-founded the Foundation for Mind Research.

Houston was born in New York City, N.Y., to Mary Todaro Houston and Jack Houston. Her father was a comedy writer who developed material for stage, television and movies. His work required the family to move frequently. Eventually her parents would divorce. Jean spent a majority of her youth in New York City, where she attended Bernard College. She earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from Union Graduate School, and a Ph.D. in Religion from Graduate Theological Foundation.

Jean Houston was later a participant in a U.S. Government santioned research project on the effects of LSD (before such research was banned). Houston became acquainted with Robert Masters, a writer and researcher of human behavior and potentials. In 1965, the two were married and soon become well known for their collaborative work in the Human Potential Movement. Together they founded the The Foundation for Mind Research.

From 1965 to 1972, Jean taught at Marymount College, Tarrytown. She was also a lecturer at Hunter College for a short time in 1961. Her interest in anthropology brought her in close association with Margaret Mead, who lived with Jean and her husband for several years before Mead's death in 1978. In 1982, Houston began teaching a seminar based on concepts of "The ancient mystery schools". During the first term of the Clinton administration between 1993-1997, First Lady Hillary Clinton invited Jean Houston to work with her in the White House as an advisor.

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