(March 14, 1918 — February 26, 1997)
Mildred McElroy was born in Allen, Oklahoma and moved with her mother and sister to Tucson in 1929. She graduated from Tucson High School, and then attended the University of Arizona. She married Stuart Kendall Clingerman, a construction superintendent, in 1937 and they subsequently had two children, a son and a daughter. During World War II, she worked at a flight-training school while her husband was in the United States Army — the only job she said she ever had outside the home.
In the 1950s Mildred was well-known as a science fiction/fantasy writer and was widely published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction — as well as in slick periodicals such as Atlantic, Colliers, Good Housekeeping, and Woman's Home Companion. In 1960 a paperback edition of her short stories, titled A Cupful of Space, was published by Ballantine, her only book. Her stories have also appeared in several anthologies, including literature textbooks for middle and high school students.
Mildred was a charter member and a founder of the Tucson Writer's Club and was active in the Tucson Press Club, serving multiple terms on its Board of Directors. She was also a collector of books of all kinds — especially those by and about Kenneth Grahame — and of Victorian travel journals.