John Bosworth Fling, commonly known as Jack Fling by friends and family, was an active scholar, traveler, and the author of most of the works in this collection. Jack wrote dedicatedly to his family while he was away in school and during his travels through Europe in the 1950s. He got his first degree at Harvard in the early 1940s, after that he went to Columbia University for a Master’s degree. When he was a child, John Bosworth-Fling suffered from polio, and was plagued by effects of the disease, paralysis of the legs, his entire life. Because of his paralysis he was not drafted during World War II and instead studied during the war years. For a few years he worked for the March of the Dimes and National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis as a speaker and advocate for childhood vaccination against polio. The vaccination became available in 1951. In 1953 Jack was studying at Northwestern University where his focus had turned to journalism. After his studies at Harvard, Columbia, and Northwestern, Jack traveled throughout Europe, writing frequently to friends and family about his trip. He then sought positions as a professor of high school teacher. He was active in the decisions of his parents and very dedicated to his family.
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