Barbara Clack
Married Name: Ghoshal
9120 N. Lincoln Avenue
Des Plaines , IL , 60016


Phone: 847-299-1154

Years in current home: 27
Other locations:
As of 2012, mostly in Ann Arbor, South Bend, and now 31 years in the Chicago area.

Marital status: married
Spouse's Name: Animesh Ghoshal
How I met my spouse:
We met at a poker party in Ann Arbor, and married 7 years later. Animesh, a grad student in Economics at Michigan, came originally from Calcutta, India. He's a professor of economics at DePaul University, here in Chicago. My kids ask occasionally how two people as different as we are ever got married, and sometimes it's hard work, but at the moment it's lovely...we're learning to live alone with each other after many years of always having a kid or two or three or four in the house.
Years married: 38 (as of 2012)

Children's Names: Mala, Neela, Raj, Ronu
Children's Ages: 37, 35, 34, 27
Information about children:
Mala lives in an intentional community in rural Virginia with about 100 others, including some families, about 15 kids, her partner, Ezra, and their sons, Zadek, 7, and Samir, 3. You can see the place on, or youtube it; it's a wonderful way to live. Neela completed an M.A. in International Relations from Yale, and has worked for 5 years for Human Rights Watch in Burundi, and now in Kenya. Raj is an assistant professor of sociology at Goucher College in Maryland. Ronu works as a financial advisor at Academy of Arts University in San Francisco, and is a rapper, dj, and composer of electronic music.
Infomation about grandchildren:
Zadek and Samir, 7 and 3, live on a commune, are being home schooled, and are wonderful creatures altogether!

Current job:
I retired in 2007.
Career infomation:
Mostly I've worked as a secretary, health clerk, etc. in the public schools when the kids were small; then on to Northwestern, where I was a program assistant in the Dean's Office of Weinberg College. Completed my M.A. in Creative Writing in 2007.

I love the traveling I get to do when my husband has conferences...Finland, Slovenia, Hong Kong, Puerto Rico, Mexico, India, etc. Visited Neela in Kenya last winter.

Interests, hobbies, and pastimes:
Reading, writing, walking, biking, visiting the kids, participating in the OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at Northwestern, and in the activities of the Unitarian Church in Evanston.

I think I was/am a fairly good mother. I think my kids are kind, thoughtful human beings.

Favorite memory of MHS:
I was pretty miserable in high school. I did like my English classes. But I'd far rather be 68 than 18.

Momento to remind you of 1962:
This web page...thank you, thank you, Steven Durant Pletcher!

Biggest lesson learned:
I think that just in living my life and raising the kids, I've learned to think before I act, to be calm, to try to empathize with other people, to be happy with myself and the people around me a lot of the time.

Closest friends in 1962:
Paul Key, Sue Yates, Jim Justin, Willard Hunter, a few others. I like keeping track of Norman Lowrey and a few other classmates on facebook.

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