Gail Pomeroy Doktor was born in Ohio in 1965. She wishes she remembered some of the events of that decade, like men landing on the moon (which happened before her birth) or even participated in other experiences like the Civil Rights march on Washington DC with Martin Luther King (which her parents did, but as for Gail, she couldn’t walk yet).
Instead she grew up as a P.K. (preacher’s kid) in the midwest. Studied architecture and writing in college. Married, moved to Boston, but never quite settled into a definitive career. Lived in Boston long enough to fall in love with cities, and hear Nelson Mandela (from a distance) and go to lots of 4th of July Boston Pops Concerts. She and her husband Christopher eventually bought a home on Boston’s North Shore in Ipswich. Had two daughters (Sarah and Jessie) and a dog (Lacey).
The family has been changed dramatically by Jessie’s initial diagnosis with leukemia, plus 6 years of treatment through two relapses, and her eventual death due to complications following a bone marrow transplant. Meanwhile, Sarah has grown up and will study nursing at a college in Boston. Chris is one of several partners who have nurtured a thriving architectural practice through the nation’s economic downturn. Gail is starting graduate school.
So the journey continues …