Alumna Supports the School's Future With an Estate Gift
Alumna Frances Barrow's path took her coast to coast and around the world before she made Israel her home. Her parents moved to Chicago in 1965 from California and Frances was enrolled in the Latin School of Chicago for high school.
"I just loved Latin—for the friends I made and the intense academic challenges it gave me, which always stood me in good stead, even today," she says.
Now Frances has made plans to give back to her alma mater by making Latin a beneficiary in her will.
"Latin taught me how to analyze, think critically and write well," Frances says, "and it is Latin and its wonderful teachers that gave me a great foundation for my professional life."
In addition to her studies, Frances participated in drama club, French club and worked on The Forum student newspaper as well as the Roman yearbook. Her varied career went on to include, among other things, years in the travel and hospitality industry, advertising, and some 20 years in client services and as a press officer for Sotheby's auction house in Manhattan and Tel Aviv. Today she works as a freelance editor and translator, mostly in the arts.
"I love the multiplicity of fields, such as entertainment, science, hightech and the arts, with which this work brings me in touch," she explains.
After graduating Latin in 1968, Frances went on to live in Japan, Belgium and Italy, before attending graduate school at Columbia University in New York. Eventually, she settled in Tel Aviv.
"Worth the Trip"
While she doesn't usually make the long journey from Israel back to the United States for just a week, she made a special exception for Latin's 125th anniversary and homecoming weekend in October, which she described as "delightful and worth the trip."
Frances says it was great to reconnect with old friends and teachers, and to be a part of the energy surrounding the reunion events. Particular highlights were meeting her fourth-grade Latin pen pal, Vivie Koo, and getting a taste of Latin as it is today, including the ways in which it has changed.
"My experience at Latin was very positive," she says, "but I am really pleased to see that Latin has really blossomed with a more holistic approach to both academics and counseling for students; I found that wonderful." Frances is happy to see that Latin has maintained its commitment to academic rigor and is consistently ahead of the curve in its teaching and programs offered to students. She is also pleased to see that Latin's student and staff population has become diverse and that there is more focus on student service in the wider community.
"Latin's academics were excellent," she explains, "and many of the teachers meant a great deal to me. To see what Latin has added to the students' experiences today and how diverse it has become is terrific."
With this and gratitude for her own years at the school in mind, Frances has made Latin a part of her estate plans. Including Latin in her will makes sense "for what it gave me and clearly gives students today," she says.