Barb graduated from Ingraham High School and went on to receive a BS degree in biology in 1968 from the University of Washington. She continued in grad school at UW and received a MS degree in botany. Sample collection for her research on lichens took her up and down the entire west coast and to Hokkaido, Japan. She joined the staff of the Botany Department and taught hundreds of students and faculty members the art and science of electron microscopy. She received national awards for the beauty and illustrative science of some of her outstanding electron microscope images of Equisetum (horsetail).
Barbara greatly enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, hiking the Burke-Gilman, and boating, as well as traveling, cooking, photography, and reading, especially cookbooks. Her canine companion, Barney, was never far from her side. She was a member of the Navy Yacht Club Everett, Queen City Yacht Club and Seattle Sail & Power Squadron where she served as commander.
She was active in many civic and professional organizations including the Mountaineers, Wallingford Community Council (serving two terms as president), served as treasurer for one the first international conferences at the (then) new WA State Conference Center and secretary of the Microscopy Society of America. –James Haglund
Published in The Seattle Times from May 12 to May 14, 2018
Share this story