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Kara M. McClurken

physician, chemotherapist, and educator, was born Jane Cooke Wright in New York City to Louis Tompkins Wright, a cancer researcher, surgeon, and civil rights leader, and Corrine Cooke, a teacher in the New York City school system. She attended Ethical Culture and Fieldston Schools before entering Smith College in 1938 where she initially contemplated a career in art rather than the sciences She loved to paint was a member of Smith s honorary art society and had served as the art editor of her high school yearbook Her father however feared that life as an artist would be an uncertain one and at the end of her sophomore year she chose a premed major Ultimately Jane Wright was drawn to the field because of a desire to serve with both the heart and mind Wright 7 She won a scholarship to New York Medical ...