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Carnegie, Mary Elizabeth (19 Apr. 1916–20 Feb. 2008), nurse, activist, and educator was born Mary Elizabeth Lancaster in Baltimore, Maryland to John Oliver and Adeline Beatrice Lancaster. When she was two years old, her parents divorced, and Mary Lancaster went to live with her Aunt Rosa and Uncle Thomas Robinson in Washington, D.C. Lancaster juggled school and work to help supplement her family’s meager income during the Great Depression. In ...

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Poston, Adele Suyder (7 Sept. 1884–15 May 1979), psychiatric nurse and nursing reformer and administrator, was born in Springdale, Arkansas, the third child of John Poston and Katherine (or Catherine) Elmore. She was raised and educated in Springfield, Illinois and, in 1904, she entered the Passavant Memorial Hospital Training School for Nurses in Jacksonville, Illinois. Following her training, she became in ...