Manuscripts/Mixed Material Interview with John R. Ratigan
RATIGAN: I did.
Q: What was your field of study there, your major?
RATIGAN: I started off as an English major and then I got to the point where I had taken a number of English courses and then had to go into and read authors I really didn't want to read that much. So I changed to history and tried to cram a history major into about one year worth of study. I managed to do that and graduated in 1961.
Q: And after that you went to law school?
RATIGAN: I went to law school at Yale and finished there in 1964. Among my illustrious classmates were Jerry Brown, the former governor of California, and Gary Hart, the senator and presidential candidate. Those are the two that I remember right now.
Q: Were you there with Hillary Rodman?
RATIGAN: She came around shortly after I graduated.
Q: And then Bill Clinton.
RATIGAN: Bill Clinton, right.
Q: At what point did you meet Barbara Anderson who you married before going to Tanzania?
RATIGAN: In my first year there at law school. We met — actually I picked her up on the train. Something I had never done before, but she was carrying a suitcase to get on a train to go up to Dartmouth. I guess she had a date with somebody up there. I was getting on the same train and offered to carry the suitcase which was very light. We struck up a conversation. One thing led to another and we got married shortly after getting our Peace Corps assignments, in the fall of 1964.
Q: She graduated from or was a student at...