- Ann T. Keene
Rawls, John (21 February 1921–24 November 2002), philosopher, was born John Bordley Rawls in Baltimore, Maryland, to William Lee Rawls, a prominent lawyer, and Anna Abell Stump. As an adult, he dropped his middle initial and was known simply as John Rawls. Nicknamed Jack, he was raised in the upper-middle-class neighborhood of Roland Park on Baltimore's north side in an affluent family that included four brothers. His early childhood was darkened by the deaths of two of them, the first from diphtheria, when Jack was seven years old, and the second from pneumonia a year later. Both had contracted these diseases from Jack, and that knowledge haunted him throughout his life. It also may have contributed to the profound stutter that afflicted him in childhood and that he was never able entirely to overcome....