Leonard Knight Elmhirst

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Leonard Knight Elmhirst (1893 – 1974) was a philanthropist and agronomist. He was co-founder with his wife Dorothy of Dartington Hall. wiki

"Leonard Elmhirst met Dorothy Straight in 1920, in the course of fund-raising for the Cornell University Cosmopolitan Club. Dorothy agreed to underwrite the Club, and also sought Leonard's advice in carrying out the wishes of her late husband, Willard Straight, who had asked that something be done to benefit Cornell University. Together, Leonard and Dorothy decided that a student union building would best fulfill Willard's request. Leonard wrote regularly to Dorothy Straight from Cornell describing student life and campus politics, his activities as an English lecturer and his studies in agricultural economics. They met in New York City and Ithaca, and from June 1921, their friendship grew stronger, although any romantic interests were postponed by Leonard's mission to establish a department of agriculture and rural reconstruction at Santiniketan, Rabindranath Tagore's university in Bengal." [1]

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  1. dartington LKE and DWE: Personal Letters of Leonard and Dorothy Elmhirst, organizational web page, accessed April 24, 2012.