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Anne Gleason Barbin

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Anne Gleason Barbin

Anne Gleason Barbin was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on September 18,1936 and passed away at home, on October 13, 2013.

Anne lived a remarkable life with her husband and partner of 60 years, William Wilson Barbin. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of Pittsburgh and pursued her Master's Degree in History at Kent State University, while raising her children. Together Anne and Bill raised five children, all of whom became attorneys.

Anne was a masterful hostess to her friends, family and her husband's out of state and international business associates. At the same time, her intellect and industry were devoted to providing better education for others, first as a teacher in the Massillon Public School System and later as the President of the Jackson Township School Board. Anne used to say if the public school system wasn't good enough for her children; it wasn't good enough for anyone's children. The reforms she implemented to improve the quality of education included addressing school overcrowding issues, equality in code of conduct issues, and ethics violations. Inspired by the reform she was able to achieve in her own school district, Anne joined the Canton League of Woman Voters and assisted many other women in getting elected to local office. In 1978, Anne ran for state senator; unable to get the endorsement of the Republican Party, who refused to back a woman, she was as always, undauntedand ran without their support, finishing a close second.

She also pursued a very successful career as a real estate agent, to help defray the cost of her children's educations. After their education was completed, Anne and Bill pursued their shared love for adventure, taking full advantage of Bill's position in Luxembourg with Goodyear International. Together they toured five continents. They rode camels in Egypt, went on safari,and toured Asia with a side trip to China and white water rafted inJamaica. They spent many weekends sampling the best that European cities had to offer. Eventually, Anne returned to Akron with Bill, where he finished his long career with Goodyear, and Anne renewed old friendships throughout the area. Anne's life was well lived and well loved.

Anne was preceded in death by her mother, Olga Davis Gleason and her father, Andrew J. Gleason, as well as her grandson, Bryan Barbin. She leaves behind her children and their spouses, William and Karen Barbin of Johnstown, Pa., Bradley and Lyn Tolan Barbin of Columbus, Ohio, Bryan and Tami Barbin of Johnstown, Pa., Valerie Barbin McMahon and Tim McMahon of Harrisburg, Pa. and Andrew and Diane Barbinof Mechanicsburg, Pa; Anne will also be missed by her eleven grandchildren, William, Meaghan, Gavin, James, Brad,Josh, Mackenzie, Gap, Kate, Sarah and Jake; her brothers, Robert Davis Gleason and Andrew Davis Gleason both of Johnstown, Pa.; and her lifelong friend, Jeanette Olszewski; and numerous cherished friends and family members.

A memorial service will be held in Anne's honor on Saturday, October 26th 12 p.m. (NOON) at THE CATAVOLOS FUNERAL HOME, 3653 W. Market St., Fairlawn 330-665-1700. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the "Anne Gleason Barbin Political Science Scholarship Fund" c/o Jackson Local Schools (attention Treasurer's Office) 7602 Fulton Dr. N.W., Massillon, Ohio, 44313. For online tributes and condolences please visit www.catavolosfuneralhome.com
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Oct. 20, 2013
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