Wayne Oates

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American psychologist

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According to Wikipedia, Wayne Edward Oates was an American psychologist and religious educator who coined the word 'workaholic'. Early life Born to an incredibly impoverished family in Greenville, South Carolina in June 1917, Oates was abandoned by his father in infancy and was brought up by his grandmother and sister while his mother supported them by working in a cotton mill. At the age of fourteen he was one of a small number of impoverished clever boys selected to serve as a United States House of Representatives Page. He enjoyed the experience and it inspired him to become the first of his family to enter higher education. He studied at Mars Hill Junior College, Wake Forest University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, and the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He graduated from Southern with a PhD in Psychology of Religion.

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