Phyllis Bahrick

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DELAWARE — Phyllis Bahrick died on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at her home in Delaware.

She was born in Brilliant Ohio, on Nov. 6, 1924. She was the oldest of three children of Rex and Mildred Edwards.

She grew up in Canton, Ohio, where she graduated from Timkin High School in 1941. She went on to Miami University in Ohio during World War II, graduating in 1946 with a major in psychology. She subsequently was offered a graduate assistantship at Ohio State University where she earned an MA degree in psychololgy in 1948, and where she met and married her husband Harry Bahrick.

She was employed as a psychologist, first at the Columbus State Hospital, later at the Alfred Wilson's Children's center. In 1954 she and her husband moved to Delaware, Ohio, where Harry was a member of the Ohio Wesleyan University faculty. After her three children were born Phyllis resumed her professional career. She first became a research associate at Ohio Wesleyan University where she supervised research supported by the National Institutes of Health and co-authored several publications dealing with investigations of memory. She later served as a psychologist in the Ohio Wesleyan University Counseling Service and also taught courses in the psychology department.

After her family returned from a Fulbright year in Germany she was licensed as a clinical psychologist in Ohio, and established a private practice in Delaware. During the 20 years of her practice she became a leader in the Delaware County Mental Health professional community and was elected president of the Tri-County Mental Health Board. She initiated psychological emergency services at Grady Memorial Hospital, and participated for many years in this service.

After she retired from her practice in 1994, she served as a volunteer at the Grady Memorial Hospital Library. Phyllis was also a member and past president of the Delaware chapter of the League of Women Voters, and she belonged to the Monday Club and supported many other civic organizations. In her later years she helped to form a writing group which became an important part of her life.

She was preceded in death by her siblings, Walter Edwards an engineer in Red Wing Minnesota,and Jerald Edwards an engineer in Ann Arbor Michigan.

She is survived by her husband, Harry Bahrick; her children, Lorraine E. Bahrick, a professor at Florida International University, Audrey S. Bahrick, a Counseling Psychologist at the University of Iowa, and Thomas L. Bahrick, an Attorney in San Jose, Calif.; and her grandchildren, Rebecca Bahrick Borbe and Nicholas Bahrick Borbe of Miami, Fla.

The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at the Robinson Funeral Home, 32 W. Winter St., Delaware. A later service celebrating Phyllis' life is planned for September.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Delaware chapter of The League of Women Voters, or Grady Memorial Hospital.

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Published in The Delaware Gazette from July 21 to July 22, 2014
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