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Bostonians Changing the World

Mercy Corps’s Linda Mason brings hope in the wake of disaster

The cofounder of Bright Horizons child care company has become a luminary in humanitarian work.

WHEN LINDA MASON was growing up in the 1950s and ’60s, her hometown, Homer, New York, wasn’t exactly a gateway to the world. Her father, Sam, had chosen this quiet dairy farming community far north of New York City to open a medical practice. He became the small-town physician who knew everyone’s name, making house calls until the day he retired.

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