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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Portrait of a marriage

Ramsey Clark, Attorney General of the USA under Lyndon Johnson, became a highly controversial figure later in life. He was a true radical (there aren't many). In his commitment to impartial justice, he defended the rights even of monstrous figures to fair trials and met with a considerable amount of opprobrium. Sometimes people of Clark's stripe are impossible to get along with, but the obituary written about his wife by their family testifies to a remarkable marriage and a remarkable woman. Here's an excerpt:

Georgia Welch Clark, 81, passed away peacefully in her home on July 3...she is survived by her husband of 61 years, Ramsey Clark, her daughter Ronda, her son Tom Clark II...her granddaughters Taylor, Whitney, and Paige...Her beauty, wisdom, and limitless love-filled labors for her daughter Ronda who was born incapable of caring for herself, and for her husband Ramsey in pursuit of his ideals, made the lives they have lived possible.

Ronda must be in her 50s by now. What a story this tells.