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Gould, Jean Rosalind

Born: May 25, 1919 Died: February 8, 1993 Ohio connection: Birth Greenville Jean Gould, a biographer to icons of American culture, was born on May 25, 1919, in Greenville, Ohio, and reared in a literary family that ran a small business publishing a weekly paper, entertainment guides, and theater programs. Her mother, Elsie Gould, wrote …

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Foster, Leonard Gurley

Born: September 10, 1840 Died: December 13, 1937 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Leonard Gurley Foster, a Civil War veteran whose avocation brought him the epithet, “the Buckeye poet” was the son of Ebenezer and Elmyra (Williams) Foster.  He was born on the family homestead in the Cuyahoga Valley near Denison Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland. He …

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Flora, James

Born: January 25, 1914 Died: July 9, 1998 Ohio connection: Birth Bellefontaine Mixing the pathos of surrealism with the impishness of cartoons, James Flora was the master of hand drawn album cover art before 1956. Characterized as frolicsome, mischievous and even hallucinogenic, Flora’s artistic style was perfectly matched to his humorous, larger than life wit. Born in Bellafontaine …

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Filler, Louis

Born: August 27, 1911 Died: December 22, 1998 Ohio connection: Former Resident Yellow Springs Louis Filler, son of Pit and Sara (Kutcher) Filler, was born in Odessa, Russia, in 1911. He was married to Shulamith Burstein in 1937 and they had three children: Stuart, Victor, and Judith. They later divorced and Filler married Sheila Flaherty in 1964. The …

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Eckstein, Gustav

Born: October 26, 1890 Died: September 23, 1981 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Gustav Eckstein, son of Gustav and Emma (Imig) Eckstein, was born in 1890 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received a D.D.S. from the Cincinnati College of Dental Surgery in 1911 and a M.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 1924. He practiced dentistry from 1911 until 1918 and …

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Eckert, Allan

Born: January 30, 1931 Died: July 7, 2011 Ohio connection: Former Resident Bellefontaine Allan Eckert, son of Edward Russell and Ruth (Roth) Eckert, was born in 1931 in Buffalo, New York. He attended the University of Dayton, 1951-52, and The Ohio State University, 1953-54. He married Joan Dowling in 1955, and they had two children, Julie and Joseph. …

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Eager, Edward McMaken

Born: June 20, 1911 Died: October 23, 1964 Ohio connection: Birth Toledo Edward McMaken Eager was born in 1911 in Toledo, Ohio. He was raised in Toledo, but spent most of the summers of his childhood and youth in rural Indiana, where he developed a love of nature, gardening, and bird-watching. These interests stayed with him the rest …

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Dunbar, Paul Laurence

Born: June 27, 1872 Died: February 9, 1906 Ohio connection: Birth Dayton The first important Black poet in American literature, Paul Laurence Dunbar was born to former slaves in Dayton on June 27, 1872. He showed literary promise in high school where, the only Black in his class, he became class president, editor in chief of the High …

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DeCapite, Raymond

Born: October 4, 1924 Died: July 8, 2009 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Author of The Coming of Fabrizze and A Lost King, Cleveland native Raymond DeCapite was born on October 4, 1924. After serving in the United States Coast Guard between 1942-1945, DeCapite received his A.B. from Western Reserve University in 1951, and his M.A. the following year. Prior to becoming …

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