Owen Lattimore was born in the United States in 1900, but was raised primarily in Tianjin, China. He left China for four years of schooling (1915-1919), but returned and began working for newspapers and import/export companies in China. He returned to the United States in 1928 after marrying Eleanor Holgate, and studied at Harvard University during the 1928-1929 school year.
Owen Lattimore became one of the foremost scholars and political thinkers in the United States on Asian affairs. He taught at Johns Hopkins University from 1938 to 1963. He worked on numerous commissions and the Institute of Pacific Relations, which allowed him to meet such influential Asian leaders as Mao Zedong. President Franklin Roosevelt made Lattimore the United States advisor to the Chinese Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek on the strength of his expertise in Asian foreign affairs and political science.
Senator Joseph McCarthy notably accused Lattimore of espionage and treason based on suspicions of Lattimore's international work. The charges were dropped after a highly-publicized trial.
Walter G. Finch was a graduate of Johns Hopkins University (1940). Trained a metallurgist, he later took a law degree, and in 1973 he served as the patent counsel for Hopkins. Finch was involved in the Democratic Party and traveled to the Ivory Coast, Siberia, Russian Manchuria, and Mongolia for his world peace efforts.