This month’s 13 in ’13 volunteer series features Barbara Chambers ’60. Barbara was recommended by Patricia Liebel ’53 who wrote a great piece about Barbara’s time at Mercyhurst, and her dedication to the institution. Read on to learn more about Barbara!
Barbara Chambers came to Mercyhurst with a deep love for science. During the next four years she participated in several clubs and other activities on the campus and for several years worked on a funded chemistry research project guided by Sister M. Charles Weschler. As might be expected, she joined the Science Seminar, an organization which held her deep interest and in which she was an active participant serving as Vice President her junior year and assuming the Presidency her senior year. She has always been a strong supporter of women in the science world.
Barb’s major was chemistry and she received her Bachelor’s degree in 1960. After a stint in industrial chemistry with Eastman Kodak, she recognized a desire to teach and continued her studies at John Carroll University where she received a M.S. Degree. In 1979, she received her Ed.D from the University of Maryland in Secondary Science Education. Her many abilities and skills provided an opportunity for a long-time relationship with the Cleveland Public Schools from which she retired as Director of Gifted Education. In retirement she has served as a consultant to several Ohio school districts. Acknowledging her work in science and urban education, Mercyhurst recognized her as a Distinguished Alumna in 1971.
Barb’s love for Mercyhurst did not end with her graduation. Her present residence is in the suburbs of Cleveland and she continues to maintain the old family home in the Erie area where she lived when she attended the ‘Hurst. As she commutes back and forth between the cities, she continues to be involved with alumni activities and other University events in both Cleveland and Erie.
Barb continues to give back to Mercyhurst. Over the years she has been a strong supporter of the College (University) in various ways. Her biggest ‘give-back’ however, has been her establishment of an endowed scholarship which provides financial assistance to students. She is proud to be an alum and Mercyhurst is proud of her!