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Barbara K. Trevett, Research Advocate, Family Woman, Media Relations Professional

Barbara Kent Trevett passed away on March 12th in San Antonio, Texas, at age 68, after living with ovarian cancer for eight years. A passionate believer in the power of research, Barbara participated in twelve clinical trials in her four years in Texas and encouraged other patients to do the same. She felt it was her duty to the next generation to help test new approaches to clinical care even while fighting her own disease. She brought to this struggle a positive attitude, engaging humor and an overwhelming purpose to defeat cancer. She rallied other patients at the START Center where she was treated to adopt a "can do" attitude in their own fights. Barbara is survived by her husband Kenneth, the President and CEO of Texas Biomedical Research Institute, three children, Kimberly Gray and Tanya Viti, both of whom are special education teachers, and Dennison Trevett, an executive with Cisco Systems. Barbara has seven grandchildren, four brothers and eight nieces and nephews. She is pre-deceased by her parents, Hudson Earle Kent and Barbara Burt Kent. She was zealous in her love for her family, encouraging them both to achieve and to be good citizens. She was a mentor and friend to them all. Barbara was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1944. She spent her formative years in Rumford, Maine before receiving her undergraduate degree from American University in Washington, DC and her Masters Degree in Urban Planning from Boston University. Barbara had a highly productive, thirty year career as a medical/science writer and media relations professional. Among other issues she handled, Barbara was the chief spokesperson for The Jackson Laboratory in 1989 when a major portion of the facility burned down, attracting international press attention. Because of her responsiveness to members of the news media and her insistence on not "spinning" the facts, she was honored with the creation of the Barbara Trevett Fund for the Future by the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, to which memorial contributions may be directed in lieu of flowers (CASW, P.O. Box 910, Hedgesville, WV 25427). The fund supports educational programs for journalists about innovative science.

MARCH 15, 2013
3:00 P.M.

Barbara will be buried in Winchester, Massachusetts where the Trevetts first met and were married. The family wishes to thank the outstanding caregivers at START, where she was treated since the fall of 2008. She received life-prolonging and life-enhancing care there and made many enduring friendships. The staffs at Methodist hospital and the Vitas Hospice have also been particularly helpful and supportive.

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