Obituaries

Barbara J. Dolph

Published on Wed, Jan 5, 2011
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Barbara J. Dolph, of Semiahmoo, Washington, passed away on December 30, 2010. Born in 1925 in Riverside, California, she leaves her husband, son, daughter, son-in-law, two brothers, three grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and dear friends from around the country.
   During her career, Bobbie was widely known in educational circles as an innovator who
generated creative ideas and unique approaches to learning and school structure. She loved, and had a special empathy for children, and strongly believed that all children could be successful.
Bobbie inspired great results anywhere she went. She authored several books and many publications, and held the following positions: Principal of two open-plan elementary schools, Coordinator of Primary Curriculum and the Instructional Materials Center (Fountain Valley School District, CA); member, League of Cooperating Schools, and was an active participant in ACSA "Project Leadership." She was a consultant for the California State Department of Education in the Right to Read project, served three years as a consultant leading ACSA and AASA workshops throughout the state and nation, and was Director of Staff Development for the Oceanview (CA) School District. She held the position of Adjunct Professor and taught at two universities. After retirement, she was appointed Director of Outdoor Education for Monterey County (CA) Office of Education.
   Bobbie was known for her loving personality, friendliness, gracious
hospitality and wicked sense of humor. She treasured her family and dear friends and delighted in being with them. During her life she became an accomplished watercolorist, quilter, and gardener, creating and giving away many works of art and things of beauty. Bobbie gave of herself with joy and passion. Her courage and exceptional strength served her well all her life, and she will be deeply and profoundly missed.
   In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Blaine, WA, or to the charity of your choice.
   Moles-Greenacres Funeral Home, Memorial Park and On-site Crematory.