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Alison Palmer

Alison Palmer was born in Medford, Massachusetts, in 1931. She attended Pembroke College, graduating cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1953 with a degree in English literature and a minor in political science. She worked on the Christian Science Monitor and the New York Times before joining the Foreign Service in 1955. Palmer was assigned to the former Belgian Congo as vice consul. There, she rescued an American army officer from a mob and saved three journalists from the firing squad. She also...See more