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Barbara Eddings, an associate producer of an Emmy Award-winning public television series that gathered presidents, Supreme Court justices and other national leaders to sort through issues facing the nation, died at her home in Amherst, Ma., April 12. She was 84.
Eddings, a former Harrison resident, began her career in 1974 as assistant director of the Alfred I. duPont Survey and Awards in Broadcast Journalism at Columbia University. The 1978 survey included a chapter by Eddings that took on the industry for excluding women from positions of power.
While associate producer at another Columbia program, Media and Society Seminars, the program received two Emmys. More than 80 of the Seminars were broadcast nationally on PBS.
After retiring, Eddings moved to Amherst, Ma., with her husband, Burt, and resumed her life-long advocacy for the under-privileged, including as a volunteer at the Survival Center, which provides services to the poor.
Eddings was born April 30, 1927, in Newark, N.J., to James Murray and the former Margaret Cooney. In 1950, she married Burt Eddings, a teacher in Mamaroneck schools. He died in 2006. A son, Sean, died in 1989.
She leaves three children, Karen, of Chelsea, Vermont; Kevin, of Amherst; and Keith, of Newburyport, Ma.; and three grandchildren, Sean of Northampton, Ma., and Lauren and Caitlin of Amherst.
A service will be held on June 30th, 2pm at the Holy Rood Cemetery in Morristown, NJ. The family requests donations to Amherst Community Connections, 233 North Pleasant St., Suite 40, Amherst, Ma.
Published in the The Journal News on June 24, 2012