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Brugger, Kenneth C. (16 June 1918–25 November 1998), textile engineer and monarch butterfly researcher, was born Kenneth Charles Brugger in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the son of Oswald Brugger, an auto parts salesman and farmer, and Carrie Linderman Brugger. Following high school, he attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Brugger served in the Army Signal Corps during World War II and was assigned to work on cryptology at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. He married Mary K. Frye in 1942; the couple had three children....

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Gorrell, Edgar Staley (03 February 1891–05 March 1945), aviator and industrialist, was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Charles Edgar Gorrell, a carpenter, and Pamelia Smith. He entered the U.S. Military Academy in 1908, graduating in 1912 with a commission as a second lieutenant of infantry. In 1915 he attended the army’s Signal Corps Aviation School in Coronado, California, where he became a pilot. While serving with the First Aero Squadron during the Mexican Punitive Operation in 1916, he came to the attention of Brigadier General ...

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McMahon, Thomas A. (21 April 1943–14 February 1999), writer and educator, was born in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Howard Oldford McMahon, a physical chemist, and Lucille Nelson McMahon, a scientist. He grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts, in a house his parents designed and built. After earning a B.S. from Cornell University in 1965, he entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he earned an M.S. in 1967 and completed his Ph.D. (with a focus on fluid mechanics) in 1970. He married Carol Ehlers on 20 June 1965; the couple had two children....