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date: 16 November 2019

Jordan, Sara Claudia Murraylocked

(20 October 1884–21 November 1959)
  • Shari Rudavsky

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Jordan, Sara Claudia Murray (20 October 1884–21 November 1959), gastroenterologist and cofounder of the Lahey Clinic, was born in Newton, Massachusetts, the daughter of Patrick Andrew Murray, the owner of a carriage repair shop, and Maria Stuart. The Murrays sent all seven of their children to the local public schools, where from an early age Sara excelled at academics. In 1901 she matriculated at Radcliffe College. There she majored in the classics under an accelerated program, receiving her diploma in three years instead of the customary four. She then entered a doctoral program in classical philology and archaeology at the University of Munich, where in just four years she finished a dissertation on two medieval interpretations of a tenth-century Greek text. This work was published two years later in Germany. She returned to the United States briefly to take a teaching job at Adelphi University but in 1913 returned to Germany to marry Sebastian Jordan; they had a daughter the following year....

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