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November 2, 2005

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JAMA. 2005;294(17):2133. doi:10.1001/jama.294.17.2133

He was Calvin Fletcher, the 43-year-old, twice-widowed head of the art department at the Utah State Agricultural College in Logan, Utah. She was Clara Irene Thompson (1900-1969), his 25-year-old, recently widowed “star” pupil. On Christmas Eve, 1926, they married. To a family that already numbered eight children from Calvin’s previous marriages, they would add six more. Nonetheless, the artistic career of Irene Fletcher, as she is usually known, not only progressed but flourished, thanks to the assistance of the entire family, youngest to oldest. An entry from Calvin’s diary (Olpin RS. Dictionary of Utah Art. Salt Lake City, Utah: The Salt Lake Art Center; 1980.) gives a hint of the organization and disciplined teamwork of the dual-career family:

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