Rachel Carson was born in Springdale, Pennsylvania on May 27, 1907 (d. April 14, 1964). She was a writer, scientist and ecologist, most known for her book Silent Spring. In 1957, Carson stepped in and adopted her great-nephew Roger, as a result of the boy’s mother dying unexpectedly, leaving him nowhere to go. Some people say this takes her out of the childfree realm. I think this was nothing more than a woman who had chosen to remain childfree almost her whole life taking responsibility for the care of another human being when there was no one else to do so. While she ultimately chose to adopt him and care for him, it wasn’t something she had planned to do throughout her life and probably would not have had there been an alternative. She also was her mother’s caregiver. That didn’t make her a parent to her mother, it just made her a caring human being.