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Barbara Pinsker

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Pinsker, Barbara Barbara Pinsker, notable Dallas ci- tizen, civic leader, and community volunteer died on the morning of November 1, 2008. She was 88 years old. Barbara was a State Board Member of the Texas Federation of Republican Women; Alternate Delegate to the 1988 Republican National Convention (other mem- bers of the Texas Delegation inclu- ded Kay Bailey Hutchinson and Fred Meyer); Volunteer Chair for the Republican National Convention held 1984 in Dallas, Texas; and Volunteer Chair for Kay Bailey Hutchinson's campaign for State Treasurer (1988-90). Barbara continued as a very in- volved campaign volunteer for each of the Senator's campaigns for the U.S. Senate beginning with the 1993 Special Election. Barbara was in addition an "organizer" for the Dallas County Republican Women's Council, helping to start several new Republican women's clubs. She was a member of the White Rock Republican Women's Club, ser- ving as President 1985-86, and of the Northwood Republican Women, where she held several of- fices. She was also active in Preston West Republican Women and was a member of the Dallas Pachyderms. In the non-political realm, Barbara was State President of the Daughters of the British Empire (1978-80) and was a Regent of that organization's Bodicea (Dallas) Chapter. She was also an active member of the Public Affairs Luncheon Club and the North Dallas Women's Club and a member of the Dallas Chapter of the English Speaking Union. She was for some years a volunteer for the Red Cross. In 2000 Barbara joined the Civil Air Patrol, the u- niformed auxiliary of the US Air Force, and was promoted to Captain in 2003. She was Historian for the Blacksheep (Dallas Area) Squadron and later State Historian of the Texas Wing. Barbara's philanthropies included Friends of Fair Park and the Dallas Women's Museum of which she was a Charter Member. She was a regular season-ticket holder for the Dallas Symphony and for the Fair Park Summer Musicals. She was a frequent donor to Republican can- didates and causes. She was in her latter years active in the Northlake Baptist Church. Barbara was born and grew up in London where she attended Church of England and Catholic schools. She later was accepted for study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. During the early years of WWII she was evacuated from London to Taunton in Devonshire. She was later drafted into the Auxiliary Territorial Services (ATS) now the Women's Royal Army Corps. After basic training she was assigned to an Anti-Aircraft Group, and received gunnery training. The "Ack-Ack" defended against German V-1's as well as other forms of air attack. While in the ATS she met and married Otto Pinsker, a Captain in the U.S. Army, then stationed in the Cotswolds . After their mar- riage they lived at Kenton Court in Kensington (London) where their first 'child' was a pure bred Airedale puppy named Butch, who emigrated to the US and settled down with the couple first in Oklahoma City and then, Dallas. In her early years in Dallas, Barbara was co-founder of a thea- ter group, The Cathedral Players, based at St. Matthew's Cathedral. In the 1950's she introduced English pantomime to North Texas including holiday produc- tions of Sleeping Beauty, which she adapted for the Dallas stage and directed, and Aladdin and His Magic Lamp, in which she played the female lead. She co-founded and was Managing Director of a very off-off Broadway Dallas play- house, the Way-Off Theater, which mounted several well- reviewed productions. She wrote professionally, including a play script commissioned by St. Matthew's Cathedral as part of its Centennial Celebration. She was for 10 years a Bridal Consultant at Neiman-Marcus (the flagship Downtown Dallas store) after which she devoted herself entirely to civic and community causes. Barbara's husband Otto Pinsker died in November 1996. She is sur- vived by her daughter Jacqueline Pinsker McCaffrey of New York City and by her grandson, Timothy Andrew McCaffrey of Austin, Texas, Taipei, Taiwan, and New York. She was pre-deceased by her two brothers, Stanley Joseph and Edgar Joseph, and by her sister in law, Belle Pinsker Joseph. She was also pre-deceased by her close friend Ernest Brown. She leaves behind nieces and neph- ews Karen Nayfach-Gutierrez, Deborah Joseph, Michael Joseph, Lisa Pinsker, and Mark Pinsker. A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 21st, 10 AM, at the Sparkman-Hillcrest Chapel on Northwest Highway in Dallas.
Published in Dallas Morning News on Nov. 16, 2008
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