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LECHOWICK, MARGARET (TROUGHTON)

LECHOWICK, MARGARET (TROUGHTON)

LECHOWICK, MARGARET (TROUGHTON) (1907-10 Apr. 1992), basketball champion, child welfare advocate, lawyer, and mother of 10, presided over the Cleveland Women Lawyers Association (1971-73). Born in Cleveland, Lechowick's parents, Edward J. and Katherine Troughton, owned a candy store. She attended Ursuline Academy where in 1925 she was the nation's top scorer in women's basketball, with 400 points in 20 games. Lechowick graduated from URSULINE COLLEGE with a B.A. in 1925 and then earned a master's in child welfare from Western Reserve University's School of Applied Social Sciences. She worked for the Cleveland Humane Society, the Child Welfare Board, and the CUYAHOGA COUNTY JUVENILE COURT while attending night school. Lechowick received her Bachelor of Laws from John Marshall Law School at CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY in 1935. Admitted to the bar in 1935, Lechowick practiced in Sylvester V. McMahon's office before marrying Stanley J. Lechowick, assistant director of the CLEVELAND COMMUNITY RELATIONS BOARD, in 1937.

The family lived in Mentor. At least 3 children attended law school, Vincent, Paul and Monica (Mrs. William) Donahue. Lechowick helped found the Lake County Center on Alcoholism and belonged to the National Association of Social Workers, the CUYAHOGA COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION, and the Lake County Mental Health Board. In 1990 she moved to Austin, TX, where she died.