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Dameshek, William (22 May 1900–06 October 1969), physician and hematologist, was born in Voronezh, Russia, the son of Isadore Dameshek, a hatmaker, and Bessie Muskin. Dameshek moved with his parents to the United States in 1903 and was raised in Medford, Massachusetts. His early education was in the Boston English High School, where he excelled and gained entrance to Harvard University. He joined the U.S. Army in 1918, and upon his discharge he enrolled in the Harvard Medical School, where he received his M.D. in 1923. In the same year Dameshek married Rose Thurman; the couple had one daughter....

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Moore, Carl Vernon (21 August 1908–13 August 1972), research physician and educator, was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Carl V. Moore, a policeman, and Mary Kamp, the owner of a small confectionery. Although his eventual enrollment in college was probably never doubted, Moore augmented his parents’ incomes as a youth by working at a number of jobs, including a pharmacy assistant, an elevator operator, and a steel mill laborer. At age fifteen he graduated from high school and began his college education at Elmhurst College (Ill.) with the intention of joining the ministry. He became interested in medicine while at Elmhurst, however, and after three years he transferred to Washington University in his hometown. After completing the requirements for his B.A. in 1928, he immediately enrolled in medical school at Washington University, which he completed in 1932. He took his house staff training at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, and in 1934 he accepted a National Research Council fellowship in medicine at Ohio State University (OSU). During his time at OSU, Moore began studying hematology and formed a strong friendship with his mentor there, Charles Austin Doan. Also initiated at OSU was a longlasting collaboration with Virginia Minnich, then a graduate student, who was studying nutrition. Another important personal connection made at OSU was meeting and marrying Dorothy Adams; they had one daughter. Moore stayed at OSU for four years, attaining the rank of assistant professor before returning to Washington University, also as assistant professor, in 1938....