About the Author:
Barbara Jean Gray Gottorff (1945 – 2020) grew up in Chicago, graduated from Bogan High School in 1963, and earned degrees in German and English from Valparaiso University in 1967. After teaching high school and working as a reporter and columnist with a national trade publication, Barbara earned an MA in Social Work from the University of Chicago in 1980. She spent two years working for the Red Cross in West Berlin before moving to Rochester, NY, in 1982 where she met and married the love of her life, Donald Gottorff. Barbara was a life-long learner and avid student of Protestant Reformer Martin Luther. In addition to working as a mental health therapist, she earned an MBA from St. John Fisher College and enjoyed birdwatching, classical music, afternoon tea, travel abroad, and exploring her Irish heritage.