Her giving extended far beyond her work.
She was active in the community, serving on the board of the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and on the board of the Olean Community Foundation. She held several leadership positions with the Friends of Good Music, and was active as a volunteer with University Ministries, in particular with liturgical dance.
She earned her master’s degrees in library science and art history and a bachelor’s degree in classical archaeology from the University of Missouri at Columbia, from which she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
In her eulogy during Barbara’s funeral, Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., now president of the University, said of Barbara, “This woman of profound prayer and contemplation ... believed that together we could create an oasis of beauty, truth and culture (at St. Bonaventure). ... She helped us to understand that the world is charged with God’s grandeur, that this Divine Source lives under the world’s splendor and wonder.”
Pax et Bonum