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Davis, Adellelocked

(25 February 1904–31 May 1974)
  • Ann Rayson


Davis, Adelle (25 February 1904–31 May 1974), nutritionist and author, was born Daisie Adelle Davis on a farm in Lizton, Hendricks County, Indiana, the daughter of Charles Eugene Davis and Harriette McBroom. Ten days after Davis’s birth, her mother became paralyzed, then died when the baby was seventeen months old. Davis later was said to have decided on a career in nutrition in reaction to having been malnourished as a baby when after her mother’s death she was fed with a medicine dropper. The youngest of five daughters, Davis was raised by her father and an elderly aunt. She later dropped the name Daisie because of its association with farm animals. Despite the large family, she had a strict and lonely upbringing. As a child she worked on the farm and attended 4-H meetings....

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