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Hutchins, Carleen Maley (24 May 1911–7 Aug. 2009), inventor of the violin octet, was an only child born in Springfield, Massachusetts, to cigar factory owner Thomas Maley and Grace Fletcher, both of Brooklyn. Though Thomas and Grace were childhood sweethearts, Thomas nevertheless ran off and married another woman named Nellie Reeves. When Nellie died in childbirth, Thomas lived for seven years with Nellie’s parents—and then returned to Grace, marrying her in ...