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Carr, Marjorie H. (26 Mar. 1915–10 Oct. 1997), environmental activist and zoologist, was born Marjorie Harris in Boston, Massachusetts, to Charles Ellsworth Harris, a teacher, and Clara Louise Haynes. The couple wintered in Florida, eventually relocating in 1918 to a ten-acre orange grove south of Bonita Springs. Marjorie reveled in the natural beauty of rural southwest Florida, enjoying the nearby rivers and beaches while riding her beloved pony. In ...

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Forbush, Edward Howe (24 April 1858–08 March 1929), ornithologist and conservationist, was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, the son of Leander Pomeroy Forbush, a school principal, and Ruth Hudson Carr. Soon after their son’s birth, the parents moved their family to West Roxbury, Massachusetts, while Forbush’s father went into business in nearby Worcester. In early childhood, Forbush developed a strong interest in birds, mammals, and nature in general; in his early teens, he taught himself to be a competent taxidermist. Forbush attended the public schools in West Roxbury and Worcester, but he left at age fifteen, to help his father in his business, and never graduated. All thought of college was soon abandoned. He assisted his father as a laborer, mechanic, and farmer for seven years, and studied natural history in such spare time as he could find. At age sixteen he became a member of the Worcester Natural History Society, and served as volunteer curator of ornithology for its museum. At age nineteen he became president of the society, and with like-minded friends, worked hard to develop local interest in the organization and in the nature study programs it offered. For several years he enjoyed the luxury of pursuing his natural history avocation with little thought for earning any independent income....

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George, Wesley Critz (28 August 1888–29 October 1982), zoologist and social scientist, was born in Yadkin County, North Carolina, the son of Thomas Miller, a farmer, schoolteacher, and printer, and Mary Critz George. In 1900 George attended a private school established by his father in Yadkin, before the relocation of his family necessitated a move to public schools, first in Missouri and then in Elkin, North Carolina. He taught for one year at a school in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, before gaining admission to the University of North Carolina (UNC) in 1907, from which he received a master's degree in 1912 and a PhD in 1918, both in zoology....

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Pearson, Thomas Gilbert (10 November 1873–03 September 1943), ornithologist and conservationist, was born in Tuscola, Illinois, the son of Thomas Barnard Pearson and Mary Eliott, farmers. While Pearson was a child, the family moved to Indiana and then, in 1882, to Archer, Florida, where they joined other Quakers in citrus farming....