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Bunting, Mary (10 July 1910–21 January 1998), college educator and microbiologist, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the eldest child of Henry Andrews Ingraham, a lawyer, and Mary Shotwell Ingraham, a community activist. Her well-educated parents were committed to bringing culture to their children, along with a love of the outdoors. Family life was close and satisfying for Polly (so called to avoid confusion with her mother), who appreciated her father’s interests in art and literature and her mother’s community commitments, including as a member of the New York City Board of Higher Education and the national president of the Young Women’s Christian Association....

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Krause, Herbert Arthur (25 May 1905–22 September 1976), novelist, English professor, poet, and naturalist, was born near Friberg, Minnesota, the son of Arthur Krause, a farmer and blacksmith, and Bertha Peters. Krause’s parents were first-generation descendants of devout German immigrants who settled as farmers in the hill country north of Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Their folkways and fundamentalist Lutheran religion were important concerns in his first two novels....

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Richter, Curt Paul (20 February 1894–21 December 1988), psychobiologist and educator, was born in Denver, Colorado, the son of Paul Ernst Richter, an engineer and iron and steel firm owner, and Martha Dressler. After completing his high school education in Denver, Richter studied engineering at the Technische Hochschule in Dresden, Germany, from 1912 to 1915. When his stay in Germany was interrupted by World War I, he attended Harvard University and graduated with a B.S. in 1917. There, he was introduced to behavioral psychology by ...