Cheltenham High School Hall of Fame

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Barbara Snedeker Bates

class of 1936
inducted in 1996

Barbara Snedeker Bates

Editor & Author

After graduating from Cheltenham High School in 1936, Barbara Snedeker Bates attended Wellesley College in Massachusetts. After completing her degree, she spent a year working for the Times Chronicle and the Glenside News as the "assistant everything". Her college experiences earned her a job with Westminster Press in Philadelphia as the Editor of Books for Young People. She was also able to raise a family and write eleven of her own books. Two, The Happy Birthday Present and The Happy Puppy, have even been translated into French and German. She has also taught several adult school courses in creative writing. In 1986, Bates was honored with the 16th Drexel Citation for contributions to children's literature. Currently, she lectures in creative writing at Beaver College in Glenside.