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Talbot, Marionlocked

(31 July 1858–20 October 1948)
  • Rosalind Rosenberg


Talbot, Marion (31 July 1858–20 October 1948), university administrator and home economics pioneer, was born in Thun, Switzerland, the daughter of Emily Fairbanks Talbot, a champion of women’s education, and Israel Tisdale Talbot, a proponent of homeopathic medicine and dean of the Boston University School of Medicine. Born in Switzerland while her parents were on vacation, she was raised in Boston. Growing up at a time when no college preparatory school was open to girls in Boston, Marion studied Greek and Latin with tutors, attended the private Chauncy Hall School and the nonclassical Girls’ High School, and studied modern languages in Europe. Though lacking some of the courses usually required for college entrance, she won acceptance to Boston University and graduated in 1880....

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