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Kallet, Arthur (15 December 1902–24 February 1972), engineer, labor activist, and founder of the Consumers Union, was born in Syracuse, New York, the son of Barnett Kallet and Etta Kaplan. Kallet received a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1924 and then accepted a position with the New York Edison Company performing editorial work. Three years later Kallet married Opal Boston, with whom he had one child. The marriage lasted until her death in 1952. He remarried in 1954, to Mary R. Fitzpatrick, with whom he had two children....

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Warne, Colston Estey (14 August 1900–20 May 1987), economist and consumer leader, was born in Romulus, New York, the son of Clinton Arlington, a jack-of-all-trades, and Harriet Ellsworth Estey, a Seneca County feminist. Warne studied engineering and economics at Cornell, where he received a B.A. in 1920 and an M.A. in 1921. In 1920 Warne married Frances Lee Corbett; they had three children. At Cornell, Warne developed a strong interest in studying labor economics and theories of consumption under the guidance of ...