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Bauer, Catherine Krouse (11 May 1905–22 November 1964), housing advocate and urban-planning educator, was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, the daughter of Jacob Louis Bauer, a highway engineer, and Alberta Louise Krouse, a suffragist. Bauer graduated from Vassar College in 1926, having spent her junior year at Cornell University studying architecture. Following graduation she lived in Paris and wrote about contemporary architecture, including the work of the modernist Le Corbusier. In New York from 1927 to 1930, she held a variety of jobs and began a friendship with the architectural and social critic ...

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Coit, Elisabeth (07 September 1892–02 April 1987), architect and urban planner, was born in Winchester, Massachusetts, the daughter of Robert Coit, an architect, and Eliza Richmond Atwood. Her mother died when she was a young girl. After attending Radcliffe College (1910–1911) and the Museum School of the Boston Museum of Fine Art (1911–1913), Coit graduated in 1919 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in architecture....

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Smith, Chloethiel Woodard (02 February 1910–30 December 1992), architect and city planner, was born in Peoria, Illinois. Her parents’ names and details of her childhood are unknown. In 1932 she earned her bachelor’s degree in architecture with honors from the University of Oregon. One year later she received a master’s degree in architecture in city planning from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She then spent two years working for architectural firms in Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; and New York City before moving to Washington, D.C., in 1935 as chief of research and planning for the Federal Housing Administration, where she worked until 1939. In 1940 she married Bromley K. Smith, a foreign service officer. They had two children....