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Jean Wilkinson dies at 96; one of the first Los Angeles teachers to be fired during Red Scare
Jean Wilkinson dies at 96; one of the first Los Angeles teachers to be fired during Red Scare

Jean Benson Wilkinson, who became one of the first Los Angeles public school teachers to be fired for refusing to cooperate with McCarthy-era investigators, died Dec. 28 in Berkeley. She was 96. -------------------- FOR THE RECORD: Jean Wilkinson: In the Jan. 6 LATExtra section, the obituary of Jean Benson Wilkinson, a Los Angeles teacher who was fired during the Red Scare, cited a 1954 editorial by William Randolph Hearst. The year was correct but not the author; Hearst died in 1951. The editorial was unsigned and ran in the Los Angeles Herald Express, a Hearst newspaper. -------------------- Wilkinson died of natural causes a month after surgery for a broken femur, her daughter, Jo,...

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