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date: 03 March 2021

Gellhorn, Edna Fischellocked

(18 Dec. 1878–24 Sept. 1970)
  • Susan Earle


Gellhorn, Edna Fischel (18 Dec. 1878–24 Sept. 1970), suffragist and reformer, was born Edna Fischel in St. Louis, Missouri, the eldest child of Washington Emil and Martha (Ellis) Fischel. She had three younger brothers. Her father was a professor of clinical medicine at Washington University and cofounded the Barnard Free Skin and Cancer Hospital. Her mother taught elementary school in rural districts for several years before marrying and continued teaching for some time afterward. Martha Fischel was active in social welfare work in St. Louis, establishing the first domestic science classes in the city, and serving with the Red Cross during World War I. Both Fischels were prominent members of the Ethical Culture Society of St. Louis and believed in the importance of public service; their example deeply influenced Edna’s life....

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