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Thomas, Elizabeth Marshall (1931–)
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas was born September 13, 1931 to Laurence K. Marshall, founder of Raytheon Corporation, and Lorna McLean Marshall. She grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, graduated from Abbot Academy in Andover, Massachusetts in 1949, and then attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. After one year at Smith, her father retired from Raytheon and led the family on an anthropological expedition to the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa. The Marshall family was among the first to meet and study the Bushmen. They returned to the Kalahari many times in the next few years and often stayed for up to a year. From notes that she took during her experiences, she wrote The Harmless People (1959). In 1954, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas graduated from Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts with a degree in English. As a student, she wrote a fictional account of the Bushmen that won a short story contest in ...