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Adler, Cyrus (13 September 1863–07 April 1940), academic administrator and Jewish communal leader, was born in Van Buren, Arkansas, to Samuel Adler, a merchant and planter, and Sarah Sulzberger. At an early age Adler’s family moved to Philadelphia and then to New York, where his father died in 1867. The family returned to Philadelphia, where his mother’s brother, David Sulzberger, became head of the household and was a great influence on Adler’s upbringing. As a boy, Adler received an intensive education in Judaic subjects from a consortium of Philadelphia rabbis, headed by ...

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Fromkin, Victoria A. (16 May 1923–19 January 2000), linguist and university administrator, was born Victoria Alexandra Landish in Passaic, New Jersey, the daughter of Henry Landish, a set designer for the theater, and Rose Lillian Ravitz Landish. The family moved to Los Angeles where Fromkin graduated from Belmont High School. She continued her education at the University of California, Berkeley, receiving a bachelor of arts degree in economics in 1944. A self-described “professional radical revolutionary” (quoted in Cheng and Sybesma, p. 1), Fromkin worked without pay for liberal and radical causes before and after she married Jack Fromkin in 1948. They had one child....