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Follett, Mary Parker (03 September 1868–18 December 1933), theorist of social organization and civic leader, was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, the daughter of Charles Allen Follett and Elizabeth Curtis Baxter. Follett’s father attempted a variety of jobs and her mother took in boarders before the family finally moved in with Follett’s wealthy maternal grandfather. In 1888 Follett enrolled at the Harvard Annex, the precursor of Radcliffe College, and graduated summa cum laude in 1898. During this ten-year period she also spent a year at Newnham College, Cambridge University, and worked for a few years as a schoolteacher at Mrs. Shaw’s School in Boston. Follett’s perceptiveness as an observer of social and political phenomena was evident even before her college graduation when Longmans, Green published her book ...

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van Kleeck, Mary (26 June 1883–08 June 1972), industrial sociologist, Christian radical, and champion of the planned society, was born Mary Abby Van Kleeck in Glenham, New York, the daughter of Eliza Mayer and Robert Boyd Van Kleeck, an Episcopal minister. (In the 1920s, van Kleeck would change the capitalization of her last name.) Little survives indicating the nature of van Kleeck’s first few years in Glenham, a mill town on a tributary of the Hudson River. After her father’s death in 1892, her mother moved the family to Flushing, New York. An accomplished student and debater at Flushing High School, she entered Smith College in September 1900 and graduated with an A.B. in 1904....