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Rachel Millet


Categories: Extraordinary People, Medicine, Writers/Editors

Rachel Millet was an independent young Englishwoman who earned a medal for bravery during World War II.

Millet, nee Howell-Evans, was a nurse at the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital for three years before becoming a matron at a prep school. When war broke out, she joined the Mechanised Transport Corps and learned first aid, map-reading and car maintenance.

After the Fall of France, Millet was recruited as a driver and nurse of the Hadfield-Spears mobile hospital. She was sent to North Africa to aid surgeons with the 1st Division of the Free French. Though she helped out on the wards when it was busy, Millet’s main job was driving and maintaining her Ford truck.

Her unit followed the Allies to Italy, where she was asked to join a small French Commando party landing in the South of France. They arrived at night on the wrong beach, and were attacked by American bombers the next morning who thought they were Germans. She was eventually awarded the Croix de Guerre for bravery for that mission.

In 1946, she married Rene Millet, who worked in the French diplomatic service. The couple traveled to Ankara, Johannesburg and Bangkok, where she helped to start a center for the blind.

Her autobiography, “Spearette: a Memoir of the Hadfield-Spears Ambulance Unit 1940-1945,” was published in 1998.

Millet died on June 1. Cause of death was not released. She was 89.


Joan Lowery Nixon


Categories: Writers/Editors

jnixon.jpgJoan Lowery Nixon, author of more than 140 books, died Saturday from complications of pancreatic cancer. She was 76.
Nixon always knew she wanted to be a writer. As a child, she made up stories to entertain her sisters. By the time she was 17, Nixon had sold her first story to Redbook.
Each day, Nixon would wake up, feed her children, send them off to school and write for hours. This method led to the publication of her first book, “The Mystery of Hurricane Castle.” Over the next four decades, Nixon published dozens of mystery and historical novels for children and young adults. She also wrote books for adults who read a lower level, or who were just learning English.
Nixon was the only four-time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Juvenile Mystery. She won two Spurs Awards from Western Writers of America, and 18 awards from various states that invited children to vote for their favorite books. Nixon also served as the president of the Mystery Writers of America.
At the time of her death, Nixon had one book in galleys, another at the publisher’s and an outline for a third waiting to be written.


Robert McCloskey

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Categories: Artists, Writers/Editors

Robert McCloskey, an award-winning illustrator and author, died on June 30. Cause of death was not released. He was 88.
McCloskey published “Blueberries for Sal,” “Make Way for Ducklings” and six other children’s books. He illustrated 10 books for other authors, including his mother-in-law, Ruth Sawyer, and won the Caldecott Medal for children’s book illustration twice.
“I think in pictures. I fill in between pictures with words. My first book I wrote in order to have something to illustrate,” McCloskey once said.


I. Bernard Cohen

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Categories: Education, Scientists, Writers/Editors

I. Bernard Cohen, a Harvard scholar who published 20 books and 150 articles, died June 20. Cause of death was not released. He was 89.
Cohen joined the Harvard University faculty as an instructor in physics in 1942. He taught classes for more than four decades before retiring as a professor emeritus of the history of science.
Throughout his teaching career, Cohen constantly published his writing. He was best known as an expert on the subject of Isaac Newton. In 1957, Cohen decided to publish a comprehensive edition of Newton’s work in Latin. “Principia Mathematica” was finally finished in 1972; the 974-page, English translation was published in 1999.
Cohen’s final book, “The Triumph of Numbers,” was mailed to his publisher, W.W. Norton, two weeks ago.


Doris Lund


Categories: Writers/Editors

dlund.jpgDoris Herold Lund, best-selling author and freelance writer, died Thursday of multiple illnesses including Parkinson’s disease and asthma. She was 84.

Lund started her writing career as a freelancer, contributing articles and stories to Reader’s Digest, Ladies Home Journal and Good Housekeeping. She published eight popular children’s books, including “Attic in the Wind,” which sold over 1 million copies.

When her son Eric died of leukemia, Lund wrote a nonfiction book about his battle with the disease. “Eric” was published in 1974, and was eventually printed in 20 languages. Two years later, CBS aired a Hallmark TV movie based on her book, starring Patricia Neil, Claude Akins and Mark Hamill.

“I knew I was watching something unusually courageous. Being a writer, you take things in and regurgitate them automatically. I knew I was privileged,” Lund once said.

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