Patricia Clark Kenschaft, Ph.D.
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Hi friend!  (at least potential friend)  Let's get acquainted in this one-way medium as best we can.  What would you like to know about me?   To know my professional (and some personal) vital data (publications, education, major speeches and extracurricular activities), you can call up my vita .

Another major part of my professional life for six years (1998-2004) was my weekly call-in talk radio show, Math Medley.  I interviewed a different exciting person every Saturday about "education, parenting, equity, and environmental issues with an underlying theme of mathematics."   Past shows can be heard on the web at; By clicking above on Math Medley, you can see both the titles and guests of the 320 shows and can click to the websites of many of the guests.

My book Mathematics for Human Suvivalwas published in 2002.  Its examples and exercises use only real numbers about environmental, health, and peace issues.  Environmental Mathematics, which I co-edited was published by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) in 2003. In 2005 the American Mathematical Society published my book Change is Possible: Stories of Women and Minorities in Mathematics.   I have been chair of the Committee on Mathematics and the Environment of the MAA and of the Equity and Divrsity Task Force of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

One of my other excitements has been my bookMath Power: How to Help Your Child Love Math Even If You Don't, the first book by a mathematician for parents (cover photo).  , which will be republished by Dover Press in 2014.    In 1997 I did a survey of Montclair State graduates about their careers in mathematics, which appeared in the College Math Journal in May 2000.  Here I show the unexpurgated form of the 455 responses.  My research interests include women and African Americans in mathematics. My most famous paper is "Racial Equity Requires Teaching Elementary School Teachers More Mathematics," available at

At the "opposite side" of my life is my mentally retarded brother.  If you would like to learn about him and his enormous influence on my life, call up Success Story.  My mother's photo is available there. Bruce now has a comfortable retirement at his own expense.

Another blessing of my personal life is my organic garden, which has produced all my family's vegetables year round for over two decades less than twenty miles from the Empire State Building.  Obviously, I am interested in food.   My lawn is a public statement that a decent lawn can be grown without poisons, artificial fertilizers, or power equipment, which is one way to decrease the use of oil.  The Sunday Star Ledger (page 2), New Jersey's largest daily newspaper, ran a feature article with photos about my garden.  Several times a year I host an Open Garden at 56 Gordonhurst Ave., Montclair, two blocks north of Watchung Avenue, just east of Grove Street.     Others provide displays in my front yard, and each Open Garden recently has dozens of visitors.  I discourage leaf blowers and encourage happy, earth-friendly living.

In retirement I've been giving talks on "How to Live a Happy Life While Spending Little Money." I also have a gardening/environmental email list that you can join by emailing me at You will get stories about my garden, local environmental announcements, and "I signed" opportunities. You can learn when our next garden tour will take place and many other food issues at the website of the Cornucopia Network of New Jersey, in which I've been active since 1983. CNNJ promotes local organic food and composting. Its newsletters tells of our food concerns and about the coming garden tours at Also, I write reviews of the inspiring environmental films Montclair sponsors every month. Read them at

My family is important to me. Below you can see us gathered for Christmas 1997.  My father (John Clark) in the center would be dying the following Christmas, a very different event.  In this photo he is flanked by my sister, Sue Mullins (with her husband Rick Mullins on the other side of her) and me.  The back row (l-r) is my husband (Fred Chichester), my son Ed Kenschaft (who has since married Genia and become the parent of Nathaniel), my aforementioned brother Bruce Clark, my sister-in-law and my other brother (Bev and Rog Clark), my daughter (Lori Kenschaft) and her partner, Randy Smith.  On the front row are my nephews and neice, (l-r) Adam and Wendy Clark and Greg and Glenn Mullins. You can see a flock of my relatives gathered in December 1995 for the fiftieth anniversary of my uncle and aunt, Warren and Laura Francis.