Journalist. Born– August 7, 1917, Birmingham, Ala. Parents– Robert C. and Marguerite (Spradling) Johnston. Married– Charles Wynn Barnes, August 31, 1946. Children– Four. Education– Birmingham Southern College, A.B., 1938. Reporter, Birmingham News, 1939-1945; Washington correspondent, Birmingham News, Birmingham Age-Herald, London Daily Mirror, 1945-1946; editor and columnist, Houston Post, 1947-85. Received Theta Sigma Phi Woman of the Year in Journalism award, 1954; Houston Committee of Alcoholism Award of Merit, 1955; American Society of Safety Engineers, Gulf Coast Chapter, Certificate of Merit; Agnes Carter Nelms Award, Planned Parenthood; School Bell Award, Texas State Teachers Association. Member Houston Municipal Arts Commission; Texas Bill of Rights Foundation; Philosophical Society of Texas.   Died December 13, 2005.


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A Happy Worldly Abode; Christ Church Cathedral, 1839-1964. Houston; Cathedral Press, 1964.

Houston:  The Unknown City, 1836-1946. Texas A & M University Press, 1991.


A collection of the papers of Marguerite Spradling Johnston is held by the Fondren Library at Rice University in Houston.