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Brech, Edward Francis Leopold (1909–2006), management consultant, theorist, and historian, was born Edward Franz Leopold Brech at 84 Brook Street, Kennington, London, on 26 February 1909, one of four children of Franz Josef, later Francis Joseph, Brech (1876–1933), an Austro-Hungarian restaurant manager, and his wife, ...

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Casson, John (1909–1999), naval officer and management consultant, was born on 28 October 1909 at 75 St George's Square, Pimlico, London, the first of the four children of Sir Lewis Thomas Casson (1875–1969), the actor–manager, and his wife, Dame (Agnes) Sybil Thorndike (1882–1976)...

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Clark, Sir Thomas Fife (1907–1985), journalist and public relations expert, was born at 37 Grange Road, Thornaby-on-Tees, Yorkshire, on 29 May 1907, the son of Thomas Fife Clark, journalist, and his wife, Jane Nevison. On leaving Middlesbrough high school at the age of seventeen he became a journalist with the chain of provincial newspapers owned by the ...

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Macdonald, Eleanor Catherine (1910–2004), businesswoman and management consultant, was born on 1 September 1910 at 83 Gordon Road, Wanstead, Essex, the younger of the two children of Frederick William Macdonald (d. 1959), a foreman in a cigarette factory, and his wife, Frances Catherine, ...

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Reece, Sir (James) Gordon (1929–2001), television producer and public relations consultant, was born on 28 September 1929 at Vinton Nursing Home, 14 Heath Park Road, Romford, Essex, the son of James Graham Reece, a motor engineer, and Beatrice Mary Langton, a nurse. Both parents were from ...

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Sir (James) Gordon Reece (1929–2001) by Chris Ware, 1975 Getty Images

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Tallents, Sir Stephen George (1884–1958), civil servant and public relations expert, was born on 20 October 1884 in London, the eldest son of George William Tallents, a conveyancing barrister, and his wife, Mildred Sophia Cubitt, daughter of the first Baron Ashcombe. He had two brothers and two sisters. On his father's side he was descended from a line of midland- and then ...

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Sir Stephen George Tallents (1884–1958) by Bassano, 1947 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Urwick, Lyndall Fownes (1891–1983), management consultant, was born on 3 March 1891 at Northwood, north Malvern, Leigh, Worcestershire, the only child of Henry Urwick (1859–1931) and his wife, Annis (1862–1948), daughter of Elias Lyndall Whitby (1833–1911), glove manufacturer and leather dresser of Yeovil...

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Young, Arthur Primrose (1885–1977), electrical engineer and management adviser, was born in Shields, Ayrshire, on 2 July 1885, the seventh son and youngest of nine children of William Young, farmer, and his wife, Mary Potts, née Walker. The family moved to Hertfordshire when ...