Barbara Carr Ross, born in Haverhill, Masschusetts in 1930, died on January 18 in Tucson, Arizona where she had lived for the past eighteen years. Her parents were Ray V. L. Carr of Haverhill and Mary O'Leary Carr, who was born in County Cork, Ireland and came to Haverhill at age seventeen. Glorya and Joe, Barbara's siblings by that marriage, both passed away several years ago.
At Haverhill High School Barbara was a Brown and Gold staffer, an honor student, and a cheerleader. After graduation she married Warren K. Ross of Haverhill and had two children: Stephanie May Ross of Washington, D.C., and Warren K. Ross, Jr. of Wellesley, Mass. She was a loving and devoted mother. Barbara is also survived by three nieces: Karen Carr of Baltimore, Maryland; Camille Carr Ramirez of Granada Hills, California; and Suzanne Lesiczka DeCanditis of Henderson, Nevada.
While her children were in elementary school, Barbara entered college and became a Ford scholar at the University of New Hampshire, where she earned a PhD in Psychology, and then launched a long career as a professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Her home during those years was a red-brick Beacon Hill Victorian which she restored and decorated in authentic period style. While a professor she also served as president of the History division of the American Psychological Association and editor of the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences. For thirty years Barbara spent much of each summer on Grindstone Neck, Winter Harbor, Maine.
Barbara was loved by many people for her fun spirit and her parties and dinners, always beautifully done. She traveled five continents, loved animals, enjoyed flower gardening, collected art and antiques, and was herself a talented painter and ceramic artist.
In 1992 Barbara retired from teaching and moved to Tucson, Arizona. She was married there to James McCray of Merced, California from 1998 through 2003. Barbara then lived in Tucson fully independently until December 2011, when she began suffering heart trouble while moving into a lively Tucson senior community.
There, for six weeks, her strong spirit transcended her increasing heart trouble. She made many new friends and was asked to be a member of the Resident Council. On the day before her death Barbara hosted an eggnog party, and on the morning of her death she enjoyed a leisurely breakfast in a sunny dining room with a dear friend.
ARRANGEMENTS: Barbara will be buried in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Haverhill.