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Robert C. Hayden

physician and cancer researcher, was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, the daughter of William Lafayette Chinn, a former slave who had escaped to the North from a Virginia plantation, and Lulu Ann Evans, a domestic worker. William Chinn had unsteady employment because of racial discrimination but occasionally worked at odd jobs and as a porter Raised in New York City May Chinn was educated in the city s public schools and at the Bordentown Manual Training and Industrial School N J and she attended Morris High School in New York A severe bout with osteomyelitis of the jaw plagued her as a child and required extensive medical treatment Though her family s poverty forced her to drop out of high school in the eleventh grade for a factory job she scored high enough on the entrance examination for Teachers College at Columbia University a year later to ...

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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 ...