Religion: The Decision

The neighbors on San Francisco's Geary Boulevard were excited this week about the breakup of the Fosters, who have been married for 25 years. But it was not the usual kind of family breakup. Don Foster was setting out to be a monk and, if all goes well, his wife May will become a nun.

The Fosters had had a good life together. Don got a high-school education, worked for 15 years as a San Francisco newspaper man, served in the Navy during both world wars, always managed to make a comfortable living. Recently, while he held down a $5,200-a-year job...

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