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June 30, 1989 - Image 84

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-06-30

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LIFESTYLES

W e Are Movinql

PROFILE

Barbara Bockoff:
Community Volunteer

CARLA JEAN SCHWARTZ

As of July 7th, 1989
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Local Columnist

able bodied. And it changed, when my
situation changed. Right now, maintain
a sense of humor. Don't take anything
too seriously, and live one day at a time.
Before, I always relied on a sense of
humor, but I was more me centered.
Since I've been in a wheelchair, I direct
myself more towards doing for others.
I'm more of a volunteer."

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EDUCATION: A degree in elementary
education from Wayne State University

SYNAGOGUE: Temple Israel

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RESIDENCE: Bloomfield Hills
FAMILY: Divorced. Three children: Julie,
a paralegal in Washington, D.C.; Margo,
a graduate of University of California,
Berkeley; Katie, a sophomore at
University of Michigan. Her parents,
Charles and Zoe Litt, reside in
Birmingham. Her brother Richard is an
orthodontist in Birmingham.

Jewish Women

FAVORITE BOOK: Last book read was The
Charm School by Nelson De Mille
HOBBIES: Reading, bridge and sports

LATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Co-
chairwoman on the steering committee
that published the revised edition of the
National Council of Jewish Women's
handbook for the handicapped, Metro
Detroit Access Guide. "It took 21/2 years
to complete."

PHILOSOPHY: "I had a different
philosophy seven years ago, when I was

BACKGROUND: Barbara Litt Bockoff
grew up in Northwest Detroit. She
attended Bagley Elementary School,
Post Middle School and was graduated
from Mumford High School in 1960. Her
father was in the coffee business and
her mother was a homemaker.
"I thought I had the perfect set-up.
My home was a happy place to be." She
recalls enjoying her adolescent years.
She was involved in many high school
activities and was a cheerleader.
She first attended Eastern Michigan
University and the University of
Michigan, but was graduated from
Wayne State University. After her
marriage, she taught at Leonhard
School in Southfield for one year before
starting a family. While raising her
children, she was always physically
active. She was a jogger and took flying
lessons.
At age 30, her life took a dramatic
turn. She developed numbness and
tingling and was diagnosed as having a
progressive neurological disease. She
then had surgery and was fine for the
next seven years. When her symptoms
returned, she again had surgery and
has been in a wheelchair since 1982.
Her first year in a wheelchair was
extremely difficult. "It was like being in
a prison. I used to be dependent upon
people to pick me up and take me
places," she recalls. Now, she has
accommodated her lifestyle by moving
to a one-level home and driving on her
own.
Although she is divorced, her ex-
husband, Richard, remains a close
friend and supporter. She also views
herself as lucky to have many
supportive family members and friends.
Since she has been in a wheelchair,
volunteering has been an important
part of her life. She just finished
working on the Metro Detroit Access
Guide, which lists public places and
their accommodations for the
handicapped. She also volunteers at the
Jewish Home for Aged Fleischman
Residence/Blumberg Plaza and enjoys
the contact with the residents. "The
focus is not on me as an individual, but
what I can do for someone else."

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