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Andersen, Dorothy Hansine (15 May 1901–03 March 1963), pediatrician and pathologist, was born in Asheville, North Carolina, the only child of Hans Peter Andersen, a secretary for the YMCA, and Mary Louise Mason. Andersen’s father died in 1914, leaving her alone to care for her invalid mother. The two moved to Saint Johnsbury, Vermont, where Louise Andersen died six years later. At the age of nineteen Andersen, with no close relatives, became fully responsible for her own upbringing....

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Cone, Claribel (14 November 1864–20 September 1929), and Etta Cone (30 November 1870–31 August 1949), art collectors, were born in Jonesboro, Tennessee, the daughters of Herman Cone, a grocery business owner, and Helen Guggenheimer. The Cone family moved in 1871 to Baltimore, where Herman Cone opened a wholesale grocery business. The business flourished, and the Cones moved to a fashionable neighborhood and engaged in the social life of a large German-Jewish community. By the late 1880s the two eldest sons, ...

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De Witt, Lydia Maria (01 February 1859–10 March 1928), pathologist, was born in Flint, Michigan, the daughter of Oscar Adams, an attorney, and Elizabeth Walton. Her mother died when Lydia was five, and she was brought up by her father’s second wife, the sister of his first wife....

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Frantz, Virginia Kneeland (13 November 1896–23 August 1967), surgeon and medical pathologist, was born in New York City, the daughter of Yale Kneeland, a wheat merchant, and Anna Ilsley Ball. She attended Brearley School in New York City and entered Bryn Mawr College in 1914, intending to prepare for a career in medicine. Toward that end she was encouraged by college president ...

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Hurdon, Elizabeth (28 January 1868–29 January 1941), gynecologist and pathologist, was born in Bodmin, England, the daughter of John Hurdon, a linen and woolen draper, and Ann Coom. Soon after her birth, the Hurdons and their two daughters moved to Canada. Not much is known about Elizabeth’s early years, but by age thirteen she was attending the Wesleyan Ladies College in Hamilton, Ontario, where in 1886 she received a degree in literature. In 1895 she received a medical degree from the Trinity College of the University of Toronto....

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L’Esperance, Elise Strang ( January 1878?–21 January 1959), physician and clinic founder, was born in Yorktown, New York, the daughter of Albert Strang, a physician, and Kate Depew. Her father had longed for a son to follow in his profession, but after the birth of three daughters he prophesied that Elise was the one who “will be my doctor.” Elise graduated from St. Agnes Episcopal School in Albany, New York, before enrolling in courses at the Woman’s Medical College of the New York Infirmary for Women and Children in 1896. She greatly admired women colleagues and educators who taught her to have persistence, dedication, and courage. Although a bout with diphtheria prevented her graduation in 1899, she received her M.D. in 1900. She married David A. L’Esperance, Jr., a lawyer, that year; they had no children....

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Smith, Margaret Gladys (10 February 1896–01 May 1970), pathologist, was born in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, the daughter of William Smith, a machine shop foreman; Smith’s mother’s name was not recorded in any of her archival papers.

Smith completed a bachelor’s degree at Mount Holyoke College in 1918, then studied medicine at Johns Hopkins University. She earned a medical degree in 1922 and remained at Johns Hopkins initially as an assistant in pathology. During the 1920s she was promoted to instructor and associate in pathology on the Johns Hopkins faculty....

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Wollstein, Martha (21 November 1868–30 September 1939), pediatric pathologist, was born in New York City, the daughter of Louis Wollstein and Minna Cohn, German-born Jews. She entered the Woman’s Medical College of New York Infirmary in 1886 and received her medical degree in 1889. Drs. ...