Diane Hijos di Bari

Diane Hijos di Bari

Diane Hijos di Bari passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday May 7, 2013, at the age of 62, surrounded by her family and loved ones. She is survived by her husband Mike, mother Rosie, brother Brian, sons Paul and Nicholas, and numerous nieces, cousins and extended family.

Diane was born in Chowchilla, CA on January 29, 1951 to parents Pete and Rosie Hijos. She attended Chowchilla High School and went on to graduate from Occidental College with a BA in Psychology and Fresno State with a MS in School Psychology.

Diane had an immense passion for helping children. She worked as a school psychologist for Santa Clara Unified School District, providing special education evaluations to identify programs and opportunities for improved learning, education and advancement for students.

Diane's yearning for continual education found her pursuing her own opportunities, taking her to various leadership positions within the school district, her professional organizations, and academic institutions. In 2010 Diane completed her PsyD in Neuropsychology, focusing on verbal memory and language in Spanish speaking children.

After 35 years of personal and professional achievements, Diane retired in 2012 from positions at Santa Clara Unified School District, Santa Clara University, and Alliant International University. Throughout her career, Diane was honored as an outstanding educator, received lifetime achievement awards and various certificates of recognition for her service to the field of psychology, her students and colleagues.

She will be best remembered for her selfless and humble demeanor in serving others, both personally and professionally.

Diane will be laid to rest next to her father in Chowchilla Cemetery. A Celebration of Diane's Life is planned in June, to be held at the Mission City Center for Performing Arts in Santa Clara, CA.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Diane di Bari Memorial Scholarship Fund that benefits graduating disabled and special needs students at Wilcox High School (send checks c/o Wilcox High School; 3250 Monroe St. Santa Clara CA 95051. Write in the check memo: Diane di Bari Memorial Scholarship Fund). Donations can also be sent to the or the .

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on May 19, 2013