Barbara - In Memoriam July 2015

Barbara H. Morgan

Barbara was born July 9, 1940, in St. Louis, Missouri, to King and Dagny (Olsen) Derr. Like her brother and sister, she grew up in Los Alamos, NM, and graduated from high school there in 1958. She attended Pomona College and the University of New Mexico and graduated from Pomona with honors. After 11 years of working in libraries, she enrolled in graduate school at the University of Washington. Bored with her classes in her library masters program, she took a FORTRAN class. After that, as she put it, she “jumped into computing with both feet, enormous enthusiasm, and not much background.” She eventually became the director of academic computing services at UC Berkeley and served in that capacity from 1979 – 2004, when she retired. She traveled widely and enjoyed new places as well as old friends; she loved bright clothing and interesting jewelry, especially if it was turquoise; she believed in the solidarity of women (especially women involved in IT in the early, almost completely male computer world) and the responsibility of sharing with those less fortunate; and she kept herself fit and active but died suddenly on July 24, 2015.

Barbara was married from 1961-1980 to Robert Teeple, an artist with whom she remained good friends till the end of her life. From 1984-1986, she was married to Don Stockard. In 2002, she and Ruben Zelwer married, after they had been together for 17 years. He died in 2004, just as they were both about to retire.

Grateful to have shared her life are family members in New York, Connecticut, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Texas, California, North Dakota, and Venezuela, and a myriad of friends all over the map.

(Obit provided by Barbara's sister Dorothy.)

Pictures from Barbara's family
Barbara snapshots from Vance*
Snapshots collected by Mike**
Snapshots contributed by Bob
Snapshot contributed by Elaine
Snapshots contributed by Jacqueline
Snapshot contributed by Bob Callaway
Snapshots of Barbara taken by Jan
(Contributed by Jan's sister Nancy. The dates were taken from the back of the snapshots.)

*just click on a picture, then click on "Slideshow" (which may be hiding in "more"), then click on "Play" at the bottom of the screen - "Play" disappears fairly quickly but you can get it back by moving the cursor to the bottom of the screen...

**there are a lot of duplicates with the Vance snapshots