My mother, Betty Drach, came of age in post-World War II America.

Born in 1930 and raised in Enid, Okla., she was beautiful, ambitious, and brilliant. Like most young people of her era, Betty viewed the late 1940s as a time of tremendous opportunity and social change. Though it was still unusual for girls to pursue post-secondary education, her dream was to go to college, and she was pretty sure her straight-A grades would get her there.

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