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Holt, Claire (23 August 1901–29 May 1970), Indonesian specialist and journalist, was born Claire Bagg in Riga, Latvia, the daughter of Boris Bagg, a successful leather dealer and manufacturer, and Cecile Hodes. In 1914 the family moved to Moscow, where Claire attended Gymnasiums from 1914 to 1918. In 1920 she married Bernard Hopfenberg, and in 1921 the couple emigrated to the United States. They settled in New York, and Claire gave birth to a son in 1927. Her husband died in 1928....

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Wright, Mary Clabaugh (25 September 1917–18 June 1970), sinologist and historian, was born Mary Oliver Clabaugh in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the daughter of Samuel F. Clabaugh, a businessman and the publisher of the Tuscaloosa News, and Mary Duncan. Mary received an A.B. in languages from Vassar College in 1938. She then studied European history and Chinese civilization at Radcliffe, receiving her M.A. in 1939....