Danahy - Callahan, Barbara
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Barbara Danahy Callahan, 62, former resident of New City, died at home of complications from salivary gland cancer. Mrs. Callahan, who retired as an award-winning television journalist, was a graduate of Clarkstown High School and Wellesley College and lived in St. Petersburg, Florida. She was a former news anchor, producer, assignment editor and assistant news director at television stations in Tampa and St. Louis.
Mrs. Callahan was co-founder of the Greater Tampa Bay Breast Screening Project, which provided low-cost screening mammograms sponsored by the American Cancer Society. A Life Member of the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society of Pinellas County, FL, she served on a county task force to discourage teenage smoking and a Florida state task force for breast cancer awareness and coordinated care. Mrs. Callahan received recognition from the Florida state legislature for her promotion of breast self-examination through the Buddy Check program. She was a past President of the Tampa Bay chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Wellesley College Club of Tampa Bay.
Mrs. Callahan is survived by her husband, Dr. Daniel J. Callahan; their son, Daniel J. Callahan Jr., Esq.; by several brothers and sisters and their spouses, Nancy Danahy of Suffern, David Danahy of New City, Jeanne Burden of Franklin, TN, John J. Jr. and Lisa Danahy of Florence, KY, Thomas V. and Elizabeth Danahy of West Nyack, and Kevin R. Danahy of New City; her aunt Joan D. Danahy of Somerset, NJ; her brother-in-law Thomas D. Callahan III and his wife Mary March Callahan of Collingswood, NJ; and by many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 24 from 6 to 8 PM at Michael J. Higgins Funeral Home in New City. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 10:15 AM Wednesday, July 25 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in West Nyack with burial to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla, NY. In lieu of flowers, please donate to "John J. Danahy Sr. Memorial Scholarship", All Hallows High School, 111 East 164th St., Bronx, NY 10452.
Published in the The Journal News on July 21, 2012