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Barbara Jacobson Memorial Service
Start Date: 4/28/2014Start Time: 3:30 PM
End Date: 4/28/2014End Time: 5:00 PM

Event Description
The Department of Sociology invites you to join us for a celebration of the life of Barbara Jacobson.

Barbara Jacobson was born in 1939. She graduated from DePauw University in 1961. Two years later, she received an M.A. in Sociology of Religion from Yale Divinity School.  She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University in 1970 and soon after, joined the faculty in the Department of Sociology. Barbara's tenure at Lehman spanned 44 years. Her vibrant presence on campus will be greatly missed.

Barbara’s research focused on education and social mobility. She worked on major datasets related to the experiences of students at CUNY.  Her articles include, “Education and Mobility: From Achievement to Ascription” in American Sociological Review and “Education: Social Fact of Social Process?” in The American Behavioral Scientist.

At Lehman, Barbara was best known for her passion for the liberal arts and her work as the Chairperson of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.  Her encyclopedic knowledge of curricular procedures, the care she took working with departments as they developed their courses and curricula, and her support for general education profoundly influenced the experiences of generations of Lehman students.  She was also a mainstay of Lehman's Phi Beta Kappa chapter, every year reviewing hundreds of transcripts to find eligible students, and at times, reaching out to personally counsel students about eligibility requirements. Additionally, Barbara served on many campus-wide committees and task forces, most recently including the Writing Across the Curriculum Advisory Committee and the Transfer Council.

In her life outside of academia, Barbara enjoyed traveling, gardening, following politics avidly, and spending time with friends and family.
Location Information:
Lehman College - Music Building
Room: 330 (Hearth Room)
Audience:
  • Alumni
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Students

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