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Bob Wieland

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Bob Wieland

Bob Wieland is a Vietnam War veteran who lost his legs to a mortar mine in 1969. After recovering from his injuries he was inspired to become a marathon participant. Over his lifetime he has finished many marathons, often taking multiple days to finish. He is the only double amputee to finish the difficult Kona, Hawaii Ironman race without a wheelchair. He "ran" across America on his hands, taking three years, eight months, and six days to travel from coast to coast.[1] Early life Growing up in Wisconsin, Wieland attended the University of Wisconsin. A talented baseball player, he was negotiating a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies when he decided to join the Army as a combat medic.[2] Vietnam In Vietnam in June 1969, his squad walked into a mine field. When a member of his unit stepped on a booby-trapped mortar, Wieland rushed to give first aid but he, too, stepped on a 82mm buried mortar, a round designed to destroy tanks. It severely damaged his legs; they had to be amputated above the knee. In a let ...more...

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Jody Williams

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Jody Williams

Jody Williams (born October 9, 1950) is an American political activist known for her work in banning anti-personnel landmines, her defense of human rights (especially those of women), and her efforts to promote new understandings of security in today's world. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her work toward the banning and clearing of anti-personnel mines. Education Williams earned a Master in International Relations from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (a division of Johns Hopkins University) in Washington, D.C. (1984), an MA in teaching Spanish and English as a second language from the School for International Training (now SIT Graduate Institute) in Brattleboro, Vermont (1976), and a BA from the University of Vermont (1972). Advocacy Williams served as the founding coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) from early 1992 until February 1998. Prior to that work, she spent eleven years on various projects related to the wars in Nicaragu ...more...

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Danny Yamashiro

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Danny Yamashiro

Daniel Keauhou Matsu "Danny" Yamashiro (born December 5, 1967) survived a 400-foot (122 meters) fall from the ridge of the Nuʻuanu Pali in Honolulu, Hawaii, at 18.[1] Survival story On December 22, 1985, attempting to rescue his stranded girlfriend from a 20-foot (6 meters) mountain-climbing fall, Danny Yamashiro slipped and fell head first 300 feet (91 meters) and later another 100 feet (31 meters).[2] The second fall took place during an attempted rescue and was captured on film. It aired on newscasts throughout Hawaii. He suffered severe head injuries, skull fractures, multiple tears in his scalp, a shattered ankle, damaged organs, extensive lacerations, and being comatose.[3] On May 25, 2017, Yamashiro delivered Harvard Extension School's commencement address, titled "Falling 400 Feet."[4] Personal life Daniel Keauhou Matsu "Danny" Yamashiro was born in Honolulu, Hawaii.[5] He is an American of Chinese, Hawaiian and Japanese ancestry with paternal roots in Okinawa.[5] He is the great grandson of Hawa ...more...

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Creation (American band)

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Creation (American band)

Creation was an American teen musical group from New York City. The band members were Sam Hellerman (drums and percussion), Raechel Rosen (lead vocals), Derek Orshan (bass, backing vocalist), Josh Shackett (rhythm guitar), and Tory Geismar (lead guitar and backing vocalist). Their only album, World Without Windows, was released in November 2005 and featured guest musician Clarence "Big Man" Clemons on one of the tracks. It was said the idea for the band came from a cafe, the group was there. The stated goal of the group is "to help create a more peaceful world for the future, and to educate kids about multiculturalism, diversity, and peace." To help achieve that end, the band announced that all gross proceeds from their first album were to go towards the We Are Family Foundation. They also worked with Building with Books and U.S. Doctors for Africa. Creation's philanthropic mission was featured in many media outlets including USA Today, Time For Kids, The Montel Williams Show, Girls' Life Magazine, and The J ...more...

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Luis Vega

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Luis Vega

Luis Ferdinand Vega Jr. (born June 12, 1965), better known as "Little Louie" Vega, is an American DJ, record producer and remixer of Puerto Rican ancestry. He is one half of the Masters at Work musical production team.[1] Biography He was born to a musician family, as his father, Luis F. Vega Sr., was a jazz saxophonist, and his uncle was singer Héctor Lavoe of the Fania All-Stars. Vega embarked on his music career as a disc jockey, spinning records at the age of 13.[2] By 1985, Louie began playing house and block parties in his local Bronx and his first nightclub residency was at the Devil's Nest, in the Bronx, and later he moved to hearthrob (the old Funhouse), Roseland, Studio 54 and the Palladium in Manhattan. During the 1990s, Vega was playing at one of the most influential nightclubs for house music, The Sound Factory Bar at the Underground Network Parties with promoters Don Welch and Barbara Tucker (also singer). During this time, production team Masters at Work began a remixing team which consisted ...more...

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Myron Augsburger

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Myron Augsburger

Myron Augsburger (born August 20, 1929) is an American Mennonite pastor, professor, theologian, and author. He is the former president of both Eastern Mennonite College (now known as Eastern Mennonite University) and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.[1] Early life Augsburger was born in Elida, Ohio. He is one of six children, Fred, Donald, Anna Mary, Daniel and David, born to Clarence and Estella Augsburger. On November 28, 1950 he married Esther L. Kniss in Elida, Ohio. They have three children, John Myron, Michael David, and Marcia Louise.[2] Education Augsburger received his Junior College Bible Diploma (1950) from Eastern Mennonite College (EMC) after which he began as pastor for Tuttle Avenue Mennonite Church in Sarasota, Florida. He returned to Harrisonburg, Virginia in 1953 to continue his studies and serve as a part-time campus pastor at EMC. He received his AB (1955), and ThB (1958), from EMC.[3] After leaving EMC he completed a Masters of Divinity from Goshen Biblical Seminary ...more...

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Peter Edward Kassig

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Peter Edward Kassig

Peter Edward Kassig (February 19, 1988 – c. November 16, 2014), also known as Abdul-Rahman Kassig, was an American aid worker who was beheaded by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.[1][2] He was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.[3] He was the adopted child of Ed, a school teacher, and Paula Kassig, a nurse.[4][5] Biography He attended North Central High School in Indianapolis, graduating in 2006. Kassig then became a U.S. Army Ranger, with an army special operations unit, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, serving from June 2006 to September 2007. His service including training in Fort Benning, Georgia, and a four-month deployment to Iraq, from April to July 2007, when he received a medical discharge.[6][7] Thereafter, he was a student at Hanover College (which he attended from 2007–09) and Butler University (which he attended from spring 2011 to 2012, majoring in political science).[6][8][9] Kassig next worked in Syria and Lebanon as a humanitarian worker. He aided Syrian refugees thr ...more...

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Kashif (musician)

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Kashif (musician)

Kashif Saleem, previously Michael Jones (December 26, 1956 – September 25, 2016),[1] was an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, record producer, artist, composer, author, director and educator from New York City. Kashif first taught himself to play a $3 song flute at age seven and later the piano in the basement of his church. At age 15, Kashif joined B. T. Express and performed on stages around the world. He studied Islam and changed his name from Michael Jones to Kashif, which means discoverer and inventor. He crafted his own distinctive sound and later signed with Arista Records enjoying success as a solo artist. Together with Stevie Wonder, he was considered a pioneer in urban music thanks to his specific synthesizer technology approach and the introduction of MIDI in his production.[2] Early life Kashif was born Michael Jones[3] on December 26, 1956, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. (Some media outlets have listed his year of birth as 1959.) His only connection to his birth ...more...

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Larry Brilliant

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Larry Brilliant

Lawrence "Larry" Brilliant (born May 5, 1944) is an American epidemiologist, technologist, philanthropist, and author of "Sometimes Brilliant." Brilliant, a technology patent holder, has been the CEO of public companies and venture backed start-ups. He was the inaugural Executive Director of Google.org,[1] the charitable arm of Google established in 2005, and the first CEO of Skoll Global Threats Fund, established in 2009 by eBay founder Jeff Skoll to address climate change, pandemics, water security, nuclear proliferation, and conflict in the Middle East. Brilliant currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Ending Pandemics, and is also on the boards of the Skoll Foundation, Salesforce.org, The Seva Foundation, and Dharma Platform. From 1973 to 1976, Brilliant participated in the successful World Health Organization (WHO) smallpox eradication program. Early life Born in Detroit, Michigan, Brilliant received his undergraduate training as well as his MPH degree (Masters in Public Health) from the Uni ...more...

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Maureen White

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Maureen White

This article may have been created or edited in return for undisclosed payments, a violation of Wikipedia's terms of use. It may require cleanup to comply with Wikipedia's content policies. Patricia Maureen White, more commonly known as Maureen White,[1] is a specialist in international humanitarian affairs and a fundraiser for the American Democratic Party.[2] She is a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies,[3] where she runs a program on conflict and humanitarian crisis.[4] She has written extensively about humanitarian and migration issues for the SAIS Review of International Affairs.[5] Education White received her undergraduate degree from Mount Holyoke College and her masters' from the London School of Economics.[1] Career Early career She worked in international economic research in New York City (First Boston Corporation), Tokyo (Nomura Research Institute) and London (Royal Institute for International Affairs). At the time of her mar ...more...

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Jose Cha Cha Jimenez

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Jose Cha Cha Jimenez

José (Cha-Cha) Jiménez (born August 8, 1948) is the founder of the Young Lords as a national human rights movement. It was founded in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago on September 23, 1968. Cha-Cha was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico, to Jíbaro parents, Eugenia Rodríguez Flores of San Lorenzo and Antonio Jiménez Rodríguez of the barrio of San Salvador in Caguas, on August 8, 1948. Family background His mother Eugenia Rodríguez arrived from Puerto Rico in 1949 and took José to New York City, then to a migrant camp near Boston where they were reunited with José's father, Antonio Jiménez. They rented a work cabin from the Italian family-owners of the migrant camp. However, in less than two years, the Jiménez family moved to Chicago to be near other relatives. There, his mother worked in a candy factory and did piece-work in several TV factories. Doña Genia also volunteered and contributed to the organizing of the Catholic Daughters of Mary (Damas de María)[1] in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. Cha-Ch ...more...

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Helenka Pantaleoni

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Helenka Pantaleoni

Helen Tradusa "Helenka" Adamowska Pantaleoni (November 22, 1900 – January 5, 1987) was a Polish American silent film actress and humanitarian. She was the founding director of the U.S. Committee for UNICEF, a role that she held for 25 years. Her granddaughter is American actress Téa Leoni. Family and career Pantaleoni was the daughter of Polish musicians Józef (July 4, 1862 – May 8, 1930) and Antonina (née Szumowska) Adamowski (born February 22, 1868, Lublin, Poland – died August 18, 1938, Rumson, New Jersey). After studying piano in Poland Antonina became the only known female pupil of Ignacy Jan Paderewski in Paris between 1890 and 1895, when she left for the United States. Józef was a cellist and a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.[1] Antonina, Józef, and Józef's brother Tymoteusz (aka Timothee), made up the Adamowski Trio. After touring Europe and the United States her parents settled in Brookline, Massachusetts, where Helenka was born.[2] She attended Miss Winsor's School in Boston.[3] She stu ...more...

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Robert Pierce

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Robert Pierce

Robert Pierce (1914–1978) was an American Baptist minister and relief worker. He is best known as the founder of the international charity organizations World Vision International in 1950 and Samaritan's Purse in 1970. Early life and education Pierce was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He moved with his family to southern California in the mid-1920s. He attended Pasadena Nazarene College and studied for the ministry. From 1937 to 1940 he spent time traveling across California working as an evangelist. In 1940 he was ordained a Baptist minister and soon thereafter he became involved with the Los Angeles branch of the WWII-era “Youth for Christ” (YFC) movement.[1] Career In 1947, Robert Pierce joined Youth for Christ, in a series of evangelical rallies held in China. [2] On the trip, he met Tena Hoelkeboer, a missionary teacher. She presented him with a battered and abandoned child. Unable to care for the child herself, Tena asked Pierce, "What are you going to do about her?" Pierce gave the woman his last five d ...more...

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Mona Polacca

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Mona Polacca

Mona Polacca is a Native American spiritual elder from Arizona.[3] She has worked to further social justice for indigenous people from an early age. She is an author in the field of social sciences, has held posts of responsibility as Treasurer for her tribe,[4] served on several committees for Indigenous Peoples within the United Nations.[5] and is widely known for her "leadership in the Native American revitalisation movement."[2] In recent years, Mona has gained international recognition for her work as one of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers - a group of spiritual elders, medicine women and wisdom keepers founded in 2004.[6] Early years Mona became interested in indigenous social justice at the age of 14 when she first heard about the occupation of Alcatraz Island by a Native American group called Indians of All Tribes in 1969. Although Mona was only 14 years old she wanted to visit the island and was allowed to do so by her parents.[4] "Blessed with the gift of nearperfect oral ...more...

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Steve Scott (performer)

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Steve Scott (performer)

Steve Scott is an American country/Americana musician, songwriter, singer, guitarist, producer and actor. Biography Steve was raised by his mother in a poor Irish Roman Catholic single-parent-family in Newark, New Jersey. He grew up with his older siblings: John, Walter and Patricia. Steve Scott’s appreciation for music started at an early age heavily influenced by his family members. The family could not afford a guitar for Scott, but one day he found an old, broken guitar, brought it home, and went to work on it. As a teenager Scott met Peter De Santa, a guitar teacher who became his mentor and inspiration.[1][2] Education After graduating from high school in Union, New Jersey, where he was nicknamed Lucius by his bluegrass/Deadhead friends, Scott went on to junior college where he studied Theatre Arts. He was later accepted to the NYU Tisch School of the Arts (Circle in the Square Studios) in Manhattan, where he honed his acting skills. Steve went on to graduate from the University of Arizona (Summa Cu ...more...

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John Wood (activist)

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John Wood (activist)

John J. Wood (born January 29, 1964) is the Founder of Room to Read, a global non-profit organization focused on literacy and gender equality in education. He is the author of Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy, Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur's Odyssey to Educate the World's Children and the children's book Zak the Yak with Books on His Back.[1][2] He is a four-term member of the Clinton Global Initiative's Advisory Board and a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.[3] Wood was selected for the inaugural class of Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum[4] and was awarded Microsoft's first "Alumni of the Year" award by Bill and Melinda Gates.[5] Wood has served on the Board of Directors for Net Impact and One Acre Fund, and is currently an Advisory Board member of Global Citizen Year,[6] New Story[7] and Possible Health.[8] Early life John Wood was born in January 1964, in Hartford, Connecticut, where he spent his early childhood. His ...more...

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Eric Sheptock

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Eric Sheptock

Eric Jonathan Sheptock (born February 15, 1969) is an American advocate for the homeless. Sheptock is currently homeless, and often referred to as a homeless, homeless advocate. Early life Sheptock was born in Atlantic City.[1] He suffered a massive head injury as a child, and was not expected to develop normal cognitive functions.[2] The head injury also left him exhausted and causing him to walk away from many conversations.[2] Sheptock was in foster care for about five years.[3] Then, when he was five years old, he was adopted by Joanne and Rudy Sheptock, a Polish man and Italian woman.[2] They lived in an old mansion in Peapack-Gladstone, New Jersey and had a family of thirty-seven children—seven natural-born and thirty adopted children.[4] Most of the children the children they adopted had some sort of handicap, such as: neurological impairment, mental retardation, emotional problems, blindness, missing limbs and lung problems.[4] in 1985, the family moved to Interlachen, Florida.[2][4] Sheptock grad ...more...

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Kayla Mueller

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Kayla Mueller

Kayla Jean Mueller (August 14, 1988 – c. February 6, 2015) was an American human rights activist and humanitarian aid worker from Prescott, Arizona. She was taken captive in August 2013 in Aleppo, Syria, after leaving a Doctors Without Borders hospital. Media had long reported that a 26-year-old American aid worker was being held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) without naming her, at her family's request. In 2015, she was killed by an airstrike according to ISIL.[2] This claim by her captors was rejected by Jordanian and American officials. In October 2015, Mueller became the first person to be posthumously inducted into Northern Arizona University's college of Social and Behavioral Sciences Hall of Fame.[1][3] Early life, activism and humanitarian aid Mueller was a native of Prescott, Arizona. After graduating from Tri-City College Prep High School in 2007, she attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Mueller was a Christian.[4] Mueller supported causes that supported humani ...more...

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Martin Luther King Jr.

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Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. Born in Atlanta, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, tactics his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi helped inspire. King led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and in 1957 became the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). With the SCLC, he led an unsuccessful 1962 struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia, and helped organize the nonviolent 1963 protests in Birmingham, Alabama. He also helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. On October 14, 1964, King won the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance.[1] In 1965, he helped organize the Selma to Montgomery marches. The following ...more...

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Albert O. Hirschman

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Albert O. Hirschman

Albert Otto Hirschman[1] (born Otto-Albert Hirschmann; April 7, 1915 – December 10, 2012) was an influential economist and the author of several books on political economy and political ideology. His first major contribution was in the area of development economics.[2] Here he emphasized the need for unbalanced growth. Because developing countries are short of decision making skills, he argued that disequilibria should be encouraged to stimulate growth and help mobilize resources. Key to this was encouraging industries with a large number of linkages to other firms. His later work was in political economy and there he advanced two simple but intellectually powerful schemata. The first describes the three basic possible responses to decline in firms or polities (quitting, speaking up, staying quiet) in Exit, Voice, and Loyalty (1970). The second describes the basic arguments made by conservatives (perversity, futility and jeopardy) in The Rhetoric of Reaction (1991). In World War II, he played a key role in ...more...

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James Martin (priest)

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James Martin (priest)

James J. Martin SJ (born December 29, 1960), also known as Jim Martin, is an American Jesuit priest, a writer, and editor-at-large of the Jesuit magazine America.[1] In 2017, Pope Francis appointed Martin as a consultant to the Vatican's Secretariat for Communications.[2][3] Some of Martin's theological views, especially on homosexuality, are controversial in the Catholic Church.[4][5] Education and career Martin grew up in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, United States, and attended Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School.[6] He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business in 1982 and worked in corporate finance at General Electric for six years.[7] Dissatisfied with the corporate world, he became more deeply involved in the Catholic Church and decided to enter the Society of Jesus (more commonly known as the Jesuits) in 1988. During his studies to become a Jesuit priest, Martin earned a M.A. in philosophy from Loyola University Chicago in 1994, a M.Div. from the Weston Jesuit School ...more...

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Asa Jennings

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Asa Jennings

Asa Kent Jennings (1877–1933) was a Methodist pastor from upstate New York and a member of the YMCA.[1] In 1904, while in his twenties, Jennings was struck down by Pott's disease, a type of tuberculosis which affects the spine. As a result of his tuberculosis, he stood not much taller than 5 foot and with a noticeable hunch back.[2] In 1922, he commanded the evacuation of 350,000 helpless refugees from the shores of Smyrna (today İzmir) in Turkey following the Great Fire of Smyrna.[3][4] For his work, Greece awarded Jennings its highest civilian honor, the Cross of the Order of the Redeemer, and the highest war honor, the medal of Military Merit.[5] In 1945, MGM Studios made a 10-minute short film based on the life of Asa Jennings.[6] References "Stitzer YMCA Center at Springfield College". spfldcol.edu. Retrieved 24 March 2015. Lou Ureneck, The Great Fire: One man's mission to rescue victims of the 20th century's first genocide. Ecco, 2015. p18 "How Jennings rescued the Christians of Smyrna". gree ...more...

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Tomicah Tillemann

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Tomicah Tillemann

Tomicah Sterling Tillemann-Dick (born 1978) is a leader in the fields of innovation and social finance. He serves as Director of the Blockchain Trust Accelerator at New America and Chairman of the Global Blockchain Business Council. He is also on the Advisory Board of Bitfury, one of the world's largest full-service Blockchain companies. Tillemann is a key figure in the deployment of Blockchain and other frontier technologies in governance and social impact applications. He previously served at the State Department as a speechwriter and senior advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of State John Kerry. At the State Department, Tillemann led a team of experts that operated like venture capitalists, identifying innovations that strengthened new democracies and civil society, and then mobilizing the talent, technology, resources, and partners to translate ideas into successful foreign policy. He developed over 20 major initiatives on behalf of the President and two Secretaries of State, inc ...more...

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Michelle Nunn

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Michelle Nunn

Mary Michelle Nunn[1] (born November 16, 1966)[2] is an American philanthropic executive and politician. Since 2015 she has been president and CEO of CARE USA, the American national member of CARE International, the humanitarian aid and international development agency. She was CEO of Points of Light, an American nonprofit organization, from 2007 to 2013, and is a member of its board of directors as of 2015. She had been an executive for the volunteer service organization since 1990, previously running the predecessor and member organizations Hands On Atlanta, City Cares, and HandsOn Network. Nunn was the Democratic Party nominee in the race for Georgia's U.S. Senate seat in 2014. She is the daughter of former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn. Early life and early education Michelle Nunn is the daughter of Sam Nunn, a lawyer, farmer, and politician, and Colleen Ann (née O'Brien) Nunn, who worked for the U.S. State Department, and then briefly for the Central Intelligence Agency under foreign service cover, before beco ...more...

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Lowell L. Bennion

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Lowell L. Bennion

Lowell Lindsay Bennion (July 26, 1908 – February 21, 1996) was an American educator, sociologist, and humanitarian. He wrote extensively on religious living in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon or LDS Church), and was an advocate for volunteer service in Utah and Idaho. Biography Bennion was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, the son of Milton Bennion and Cora Lindsay Bennion. In 1928, Bennion graduated from the University of Utah, married Merle Colton and then left to serve in the Swiss–German Mission of the LDS Church.[1] Bennion spent much of his mission in Zürich, where he served as branch president.[2] After serving two and a half years as a missionary Bennion began studies towards his Ph.D. at the University of Strasbourg. His wife came to France to live with him at about this point. After earning his Ph.D. in sociology in 1933, Bennion returned to Utah and founded the Institute of Religion adjacent to the University of Utah in 1934.[1] Bennion later founded Teton Valley Boys Ranch a ...more...

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Dorothy Chacko

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Dorothy Chacko

Dorothy Dunning Chacko was an American social worker, humanitarian[1] and medical doctor, whose efforts were reported behind the establishment of a lepers' colony at Bethany village, in Ganaur, Sonepat district in the Indian state of Haryana.[2] She was a Hall of Famer of the County of Delaware, Pennsylvania[3] and a recipient of the Take the Lead Honour from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania[4] and the Smith College Medal.[5] She was honoured by the Government of India in 1972 with Padma Shri, the fourth highest Indian civilian award.[6] Biography We landed in India with 10 rupees, five assorted degrees, two suitcases and a steamer trunk, says Dorothy Chacko, about her relocation to India in 1932.[7] Smith College campus Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons entrance Dorothy Dunning was born in 1904 in Kyoto, Japan to congregational missionary couple, Morton Dexter and Mary Ward Dunning as one among their six children,[8] when they were working in Japan.[9] She did her e ...more...

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Anthony Angelini

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Anthony Angelini

Anthony Alexander Angelini (born October 24, 1994), is an American entrepreneur, event producer, and humanitarian. He gained distinction for his involvement in charitable events in the Southern California area, and through his family business Angelini Trading Company.[1][2] Life and career Early life Anthony Angelini was born and raised in Westlake Village and attended Westlake High School [3] where he was a singer in the choir and a member of the theater department.[4] His mother, Stephanie Wilson, is a long-standing member of the Thousand Oaks Cultural Affairs Commission and often encouraged him to make public speeches to City Council.[5] His father, Richard Angelini, is an entrepreneur and lawyer, and the founder of Angelini Trading Company.[6] Early career In high school, along with his best friend,[7] he founded the event production company, A&A Productions,[8] which would later become Angelini Entertainment, his current company. Angelini would use A&A Productions as the production company ...more...

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Bryn Mooser

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Bryn Mooser

Bryn Mooser (born September 20, 1979 in Los Angeles) is a humanitarian and filmmaker best known for co-founding RYOT, an immersive media company that specializes in virtual reality documentary. Acquired by Oath Inc.[1] in 2016, RYOT is the leading immersive media company specializing in virtual and augmented reality. As a two-time Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Mooser has overseen the production of more than 200 linear and immersive films created by RYOT. Mooser is also pioneering narrative virtual reality storytelling, launching the first ever virtually realty global news show and comedy series. Humanitarian Work Upon graduating from Bennington College, Mooser joined the Peace Corps in Gambia for agriculture and forestry.[2] In 2010 after the Haiti earthquake hit, he became Haiti Country Director for Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ)[3] and helped build Haiti's largest Cholera center as well as APJ's secondary school in Port-au-Prince, which now educates 2,400 Haitian youth per year. Films Year Film Ro ...more...

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Barbara Leonard Reynolds

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Barbara Leonard Reynolds

Barbara Leonard Reynolds Barbara Leonard Reynolds (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 12, 1915 – February 11, 1990), was an American author who became a Quaker, peace activist and educator. In 1951, Reynolds moved with her husband to Hiroshima where he conducted a three-year study on the effects of radiation on children who had survived the first atomic bomb. She and her family then became peace activists, sailing around the world to protest nuclear weapons. In the early 1960s, she traveled around the world with atomic bomb survivors to show world leaders, first-hand, the horrors of nuclear warfare. She then established the World Friendship Center, devoting 13 years to it, and donated the Hiroshima Nagasaki Memorial collection. After this, she continued her peace and anti-nuclear activism, and after 1978, in California, she helped to resettle Cambodians fleeing Pol Pot, among other humanitarian pursuits. Early life She was born Barbara Dorrit Leonard in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the only child of Dr. Sterling Andrus ...more...

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Julia V. Taft

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Julia V. Taft

Julia Ann Vadala Taft (July 27, 1942 – March 15, 2008) was a United States official who was involved in international humanitarian assistance, and who served as Director of the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance from 1986 to 1989, and as Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration from 1997 to 2001.[1] Early life Julia Ann Vadala was born on Governors Island in New York Harbor. Her father was Colonel Anthony Vadala, a surgeon in the Army Medical Corps, and her mother was Shirley Harris Vadala.[2] She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, receiving a bachelor's degree in international politics in 1964, and a master's degree in international politics in 1969.[1] Career After graduating from the University of Colorado in 1969, Vadala completed a fellowship at the White House. She then became an aide to United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Elliot Richardson.[1] In 1975, U.S President Gerald Ford appointed Julia V. Taft as Director of the Interagency Task ...more...

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Gillian Anderson

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Gillian Anderson

Gillian Leigh Anderson, OBE (born August 9, 1968)[1][2] is an American-British film, television and theatre actress, activist and writer. Her credits include the roles of FBI Special Agent Dana Scully in the long-running series The X-Files, ill-fated socialite Lily Bart in Terence Davies' film The House of Mirth (2000), and DSU Stella Gibson on the BBC crime drama television series The Fall. Among other honours, Anderson has won a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. She has lived in London since 2002, after earlier years divided between the United Kingdom and the United States. After beginning her career on stage, Anderson achieved international recognition for her role as FBI Special Agent Dana Scully on the American sci-fi drama series The X-Files. Her film work includes the dramas The Mighty Celt (2005), The Last King of Scotland (2006), Shadow Dancer (2012), Viceroy's House (2017) and two X-Files films: The X-Files: Fight the Future (1998) and The X-Files: I Wan ...more...

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Antonia Brenner

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Antonia Brenner

Antonia Brenner, better known as Mother Antonia (Spanish: Madre Antonia), (December 1, 1926 – October 17, 2013) was an American Roman Catholic religious sister and activist who chose to reside and care for inmates at the notorious maximum-security La Mesa Prison in Tijuana, Mexico.[1] As a result of her work, she founded a new religious institute called the Eudist Servants of the 11th Hour. Biography Brenner was born Mary Clarke on December 1, 1926, to Joseph Clarke and Kathleen Mary Clarke. She was married and divorced twice, and had seven children, living in Beverly Hills, California.[1] She has said that in 1969 she had a dream that she was a prisoner at Calvary and about to be executed, when Jesus appeared to her and offered to take her place. She refused his offer, touched him on the cheek, and told him she would never leave him, no matter what happens to her. At some point in the 1970s, she chose to devote her life to the Church, in part because of this dream.[1] As an older, divorced woman, Clarke w ...more...

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Lois Gunden

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Lois Gunden

Lois Gunden (February 25, 1915-2005) was one of five Americans named "Righteous Among the Nations" by Yad Vashem, the Shoah Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority of Israel. Gunden was born and raised in Goshen, Indiana. In 1941, when she was 26 years old, she was teaching English for the Mennonite Central Committee in southern France when the Nazi occupation began. She rescued several Jewish children and Spanish refugees from arrest. In January 1943 she was detained by the Germans, only to be released in 1944 in a prisoner exchange. She returned home to Indiana and in 1958 she married a widower, Ernest Clemens. She never had any children of her own, but she gained a step-daughter through her marriage. Lois continued teaching French at Goshen College and Temple University, and in addition she ministered in the Mennonite Church. On February 27, 2013, Yad Vashem recognized Lois Gunden as Righteous Among the Nations. External links Julie Hirschfeld Davis, "Obama to Honor Americans' Wartime Efforts to Sa ...more...

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Akon

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Akon

Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam (born April 16, 1973),[1] known mononymously as Akon (), is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and actor of Senegalese descent. He rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of "Locked Up", the first single from his debut album Trouble. He has since founded two successful record labels, Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution. The labels served as a stepping stone for many soon-to-be successful acts, most notably Lady Gaga, T-Pain, R. City, Kardinall Offishall and Red Café, among others. His second album, Konvicted received three nominations for the Grammy Awards in two categories, Best Contemporary R&B Album for Konvicted album and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Smack That" and "I Wanna Love You". He is the first solo artist to hold both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice.[3] Akon has had four songs certified as 3× platinum, three songs certified as 2× platinum, more than ...more...

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Jerry Daniels

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Jerry Daniels

Jerrold B. Daniels or Jerry Daniels (June 11, 1941 - April 29, 1982) was a CIA officer who worked in Laos and Thailand from the early 1960s to the early 1980s. He was known by his self-chosen CIA call-sign of "Hog."[1] In the early 1960s, he was recruited by the CIA as a liaison officer between Hmong General Vang Pao and the CIA.[2][3] He worked with the Hmong people for the CIA's operation in Laos commonly called the "Secret War" as it was little known at the time. In 1975, as the communist Pathet Lao and North Vietnamese Army advanced on the Hmong base at Long Tieng, Daniels organized the air evacuation of Vang Pao and more than two thousand of his officers, soldiers, and their families to Thailand.[4] Immediately after the departure of Daniels and Vang Pao, thousands more Hmong fled across the Mekong river to Thailand, where they lived in refugee camps.[5] From 1975 to 1982 Daniels worked among Hmong refugees in Thailand facilitating the resettlement of more than 50,000 of them in the United States and oth ...more...

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Patch Adams

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Patch Adams

Hunter Doherty "Patch" Adams (born May 28, 1945) is an American physician, comedian, social activist, clown, and author. He founded the Gesundheit! Institute in 1971. Each year he organizes a group of volunteers from around the world to travel to various countries and they dress as clowns in an effort to bring humor to orphans, patients, and other people.[1] Adams is currently based in Urbana, Illinois. In collaboration with the institute, he promotes an alternative health care model not funded by insurance policies.[1] Early life Adams was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Anna Campbell Stewart (née Hunter) and Robert Loughridge Adams.[2][3] His maternal grandfather, Thomas Lomax Hunter, was the Poet Laureate of Virginia. His father, an officer in the United States Army, had fought in Korea, and died while stationed in Germany when Adams was only 9.[1] After his father's death, Adams returned to the United States with his mother and brother. Adams has stated that upon his return he encountered institut ...more...

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Christopher Catrambone

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Christopher Catrambone

Christopher Paul Catrambone is an Italian American entrepreneur and humanitarian, best known for founding the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), a global search and rescue charity. Early life and education Catrambone was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He graduated in 2002 from McNeese State University.[1] Personal life After Hurricane Katrina hit his New Orleans home, he moved to Reggio Calabria, Italy and later to Malta. He is married to Regina Catrambone and they have one daughter, Maria Luisa.[1] Career Catrambone set up Tangiers Group in 2006, a group of companies based in Malta, specializing in insurance, emergency assistance and intelligence. He also made KFC[2] Catrambone founded the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) in 2013, an NGO dedicated to saving lives at sea.[3] Catrambone is the founder of the Organisation for Better Security (OBS), an international forum for people who live and work in conflict zones. Honors and awards In 2015, Catrambone received the Medal for Service for ...more...

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Duy-Loan Le

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Duy-Loan Le

Duy-Loan T. Le (born 1962, Vietnam) is an engineer and the first woman and Asian elected as a Texas Instruments Senior Fellow.[3] Early life Born in Nha Trang, South Vietnam, in 1962 to a labor-class family,[4] Duy-Loan Le fled to the U.S. without her father and a family of nine in 1975, eventually settling in Houston. Her family joined her in the U.S. few years later. Although Loan knew no English when she arrived, she mastered the language fast enough to graduate from Alief Hastings High School at 16 as Valedictorian of her class of 335 students. In 1976, she received her first recognition in the US as 'Citizen of the Month' from Kiwanis International Club. In 1981, The Houston Chronicle featured her as 'Scholastic Wonder'; she also received commendation from The Office of The Ambassador of The Royal Netherlands for her scholastic achievement and her humanitarian effort in fund raising to aid the Vietnamese refugees. University work and career In 1982, at the age of 19, Duy-Loan received her undergra ...more...

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David Darg

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David Darg

David Darg is an American filmmaker and humanitarian. He co-founded a media company RYOT with Bryn Mooser. He received critical praise for his documentary Body Team 12 which garnered him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) at the 88th Academy Awards.[1] Darg is a pioneer of Virtual Reality film making and directed the first VR film shot in a disaster zone.[2] In 2015 Darg was commissioned by Apple to create a short documentary using the iPhone 6s ahead of the phone's release. The project was intended to highlight the 4K capabilities of the new handset. Darg and Mooser took two pre release phones to Haiti and shot the first ever 4K documentary entirely using the iPhone. The film titled "The Painter of Jalouzie" was released on the same day as the iPhone 6s and was widely viewed and gained praise from the tech / photo industry.[3][4][5] Career David is the co-founder of RYOT News[6] - a news site that connects every news story to actions. David was named one of Esquire Ma ...more...

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Herbert Hoover

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Herbert Hoover

Herbert Clark Hoover (August 10, 1874 – October 20, 1964) was an American engineer, businessman and politician who served as the 31st President of the United States from 1929 to 1933 during the Great Depression. A Republican, as Secretary of Commerce in the 1920s he introduced themes of efficiency in the business community and provided government support for standardization, efficiency and international trade. As president from 1929 to 1933, his domestic programs were overshadowed by the onset of the Great Depression. Hoover was defeated in a landslide election in 1932 by Democratic Franklin D. Roosevelt. After this loss, Hoover became staunchly conservative, and advocated against Roosevelt's New Deal policies. A lifelong Quaker, he became a successful mining engineer with a global perspective. He built an international reputation as a humanitarian by leading international relief efforts in Belgium during World War I, 1914-1917. When the U.S. entered the war in 1917 he became "food czar" as head of the U.S. ...more...

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Roddie Edmonds

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Roddie Edmonds

Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds (August 20, 1919 – August 8, 1985)[1] was a master sergeant of the 422nd Infantry Regiment in the United States Army during World War II, who was captured and became the ranking U.S. non-commissioned officer at the Stalag IX-A prisoner-of-war (POW) Camp in Germany, where—at the risk of his life—he prevented an estimated 200 Jews from being singled out from the camp for Nazi persecution and possible death.[2][3][4][5] For his defense of Jewish servicemen at the POW camp, Edmonds, a Christian, was awarded the title "Righteous Among the Nations"—Israel's highest award for non-Jews who risked their own lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. Of 25,000 people, worldwide, to receive the award by early–2016, Edmonds was the fifth American—and the first American serviceman from World War II—to be so recognized. His service was the subject of a politically sensitive speech by President Barack Obama at the Israeli Embassy in Washington.[2][4][5][6] Biogr ...more...

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Joanne N. Smith

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Joanne N. Smith

Joanne Ninive Smith[1] is a Haitian-American feminist, human rights advocate and social worker from New York City, who currently resides in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.[2] She is the executive director and founder of the Brooklyn-based non-profit organization, Girls for Gender Equity (GGE). Smith has organized around the issues of gender equality, racial justice, school pushout, sexual harassment, police brutality, the criminalization of black girls in schools and violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people of color. Background Education and career In 1997 Smith received a bachelor's degree from Bowie State University and graduated from Louisiana State University's Pre-Doctoral Academy. In 2003, she received a Master of Social Work Degree from Hunter Graduate School of Social Work. In 2007, she received a degree in Non-Profit Management from Columbia Business School. Smith also completed post-graduate training at the Ackerman Institute of Family.[3] Smith worked as a case manager at Rhee ...more...

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Jena Lee Nardella

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Jena Lee Nardella

Jena Lee Nardella (born January 21, 1982) is an American author, writer, activist, co-founder and Executive Director of Blood: Water, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to put an end to the HIV/AIDS and water crises in Africa.[1] The organization has brought "clean blood and clean water to more than 62,000 Africans in 11 countries."[2] She also is the author of One Thousand Wells: How an Audacious Goal Taught Me To Love The World Instead of Save It.[3] Biography Family Jena Lee Nardella was born in Woodland, CA on January 31, 1982 to Gus and Diane Lee. Her father is a first generation American from a family of Chinese immigrants whereas her mother is from the Midwest. Jena Nardella is the middle child of three, with a younger brother, and an older sister who died at 11 months of age due to a congenital heart defect. Nardella grew up in the San Francisco Bay area in which she was exposed to diversity among race, gender, and most socioeconomic status. Jena Lee Nardella began her endeavors to helping ...more...

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Laura Margolis Jarblum

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Laura Margolis Jarblum

Laura Margolis Jarblum (1903-1997) was the first female overseas representative of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and the JDC's first female Country Director.[1] Life Laura Leah Margolis was born October 19, 1903 in Constantinople (now Istanbul). Her father, Herman Margolis, was a halutz and agronomist and her mother Cecilia was the daughter of Dr. Solomon Schwartz, the personal physician to the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. Herman Margolis moved to Dayton, Ohio in 1907 and Cecilia, Margolis and her younger brother, Otto, joined him in 1908, eventually settling in Cleveland, Ohio. Margolis received her Bachelor of Science from Ohio State University in 1926 and a professional degree in social work from the School of Applied Social Sciences at Western Reserve University in Cleveland in 1927. In the 1930s, Margolis worked for various Jewish social service organizations, including the Jewish Social Services in Cleveland, Jewish Social Service Association in New York City and the Jewish W ...more...

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Arthur Cuming Ringland

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Arthur Cuming Ringland

Arthur Ringland (1882–1981) is best known as the principal founder of CARE. Ringland began his lifelong government career in 1900 when he joined the U.S. Forest Service where he helped establish the national park and national forest system. Between 1900 and 1945, Arthur Ringland led a variety of government programs that ranged from conservation work to refugee relief. In 1945 he originated the concept of the private voluntary organization that became CARE. A principal aspect of that work was persuading the government to provide ships to transport food packages that had been donated for the needy in Europe. He thus became known as "the father of CARE,"[1] and was honored for his efforts by the United Nations in 1958.[2] He was born in New York, received his master's degree in forestry at the Sheffield School of Science, Yale University. He entered Federal forest work while still a student in 1900. His obituary notes he was 99 when he died.[3] In 1905, the year the modern Forest Service was created as an age ...more...

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Lisa Blue

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Lisa Blue

Frederick Martin "Fred" Baron (June 20, 1947 – October 30, 2008[1]) was a trial lawyer best known for representing plaintiffs claiming toxic and chemical exposure. He was also an active figure in politics as a fund-raiser for the Democratic Party. Biography Legal career Baron was one of the founders of Baron & Budd, P.C., a Dallas, Texas law firm and a former president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.[2] Fred Baron sold his interest in Baron & Budd and retired from the firm in December 2002.[3] His former firm has become one of the largest firms in the country representing victims of toxic and chemical exposure particularly claims of asbestos exposure. As a young lawyer in 1975, Baron became a pioneer in the application of strict liability causes of action in asbestos litigation using the then-recently adopted Restatement Second of Torts Section 402a.[4] He represented workers and widows of deceased workers at Pittsburg Corning's Tyler, Texas plant.[5] One academic estimated that B ...more...

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Justin Mayo

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Justin Mayo

Justin Mayo speaks at the United Nations. Justin Mayo with a little child in an African Village of Korah, Ethiopia. Justin Mayo (December 19, 1981)[1] is an American humanitarian, youth activist and philanthropist. He is the Executive Director of the international charity Red Eye[2] and founder of the Youth Mentor initiative.[3] He is the son of Sam Mayo and international speaker and author Jeanne Mayo. He hails from the Mayos of the Mayo Clinic fame.[4] Early life and education Mayo was born in Omaha, Nebraska and grew up outside of Chicago, Illinois. Later he moved to Sacramento, California. After completing University, Mayo moved to Sydney, Australia for 15 months.[5] Career Mayo is the Executive Director for the charity Red Eye[6] which has been featured in BET,[7] Complex,[8] Daily Mail,[9] Entertainment Tonight,[10] Hollywood Life,[11] Inquisitr,[12] InStyle,[13] PEOPLE,[14] Perez Hilton,[15] Success Magazine,[16] Teen Vogue,[17] TMZ,[18] Us Weekly,[19] Vice,[20] Young Influencers List,[21] and ...more...

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Winifred Heston

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Winifred Heston

Winifred Heston, M.D., (27 April 1872 – 1 June 1922)[1][2] was a Presbyterian medical missionary who worked in India with the Foreign Missionary Society of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.[3] Heston attended medical school at Laura Memorial Women’s Medical College of Cincinnati[2][4] and was an associate physician at the General Hospital in Miraj, India, from 1903 to 1907.[4] She performed over five hundred surgical operations during her service in Miraj.[2] Personal life Heston was born in Ionia, Michigan on April 27, 1872, to Alonzo Heston and Mary Elizabeth Heston (née Brown).[2] Heston had one half-sister, Jessie B. Coulter (née Clark),[2] a daughter of her mother’s from a previous marriage to Henry N. Clark.[2] Heston spent her early life in Charlotte, Michigan, with her mother and half-sister.[5] Heston served as an associate physician at the General Hospital in Miraj, India, from 1903 to 1907.[4] During Heston's first period of missionary work in India, her sister, Jessie B. Coulter (née Clark) ...more...

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Arthur Taubman

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Arthur Taubman

Arthur Taubman (1901 Astoria, New York - March 15, 1994, Boca Raton, Florida) was an American businessman entrepreneur and humanitarian. Early life and career He was raised in Astoria, New York, on the Lower East Side. He left school at the age of 13 and worked as a department store stock boy to provide for his family of Austrian-Hungarian immigrants. While still a teenager, Arthur Taubman enlisted in the US Navy during World War I. He worked with one of his brothers selling auto parts headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The chain operated stores as far north as Boston and as far south as Washington, DC. However, the Great Depression wiped out the family's holdings. In 1932 he heard of a three store auto parts company in Roanoke, Virginia that was for sale. "In order to help him raise the down payment to buy the chain, his wife Grace offered her wedding ring, which he then pawned along with his own Masonic ring."[1] The company, purchased in April 1932 from the Pep Boys, became Advance Auto Parts. A ...more...

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Katie Davis (missionary)

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Katie Davis (missionary)

Katie Davis Majors is a Christian missionary and best selling author, most known for her work in Jinja, Uganda. She currently lives there with her 13 adopted daughters and helps to run Amazima Ministries International. Davis has helped to bring food, schooling, and hope to a Ugandan province that has been ravaged by malnutrition and starvation. Early life Katie Davis Majors was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee by her mother, Mary Pat Davis and father, Scott Davis. She is the oldest child, and has a younger brother named Bradley. Davis was the homecoming queen in high school, as well as her class president, not to mention top in her class. Her parents expected her to go to college, but she had other plans.[1] Missionary work Katie went to Uganda for a mission trip in December 2006 during the winter break of her senior year of high school. She was 18 years old at the time. While there she did mission work in a small Ugandan village named Jinja. She fell in love with the Ugandan people and their cultu ...more...

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