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Ann Arborite Katherine Willson

 

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Willson, forty-three, is an artist, teacher, and president of the Ann Arbor Women Artists. She's also a self-described leftist and pacifist. Her husband, David, is a technical writer at Siemens. He's also an intelligence officer in the army reserve. For the past year he's been on active duty, doing work he can't talk about at an undisclosed location in Baghdad.

For many years, David's military commitment tested their relationship. Even the couple's wedding date, in 1995, was dictated by an earlier deployment order. Nonetheless, Willson calls their marriage the best thing she ever did. And while still a pacifist--"I still believe so strongly that hate will never dispel hate," she says--she's made her peace with the army: as a "family readiness group leader," she helps others adjust to the tensions of military life.

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Wilson is the oldest of three siblings who followed her father's work from one conservative Michigan town to another. She always felt like a misfit.

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