Barbara Anne (Wallace) Thornton of Duxbury, formerly of Scituate and Abington, passed away in Plymouth March 19, 2013, at the age of 87. She was the wife of the late William L. Thornton. Barbara was born in Malden, raised in Sharon, Quincy, and a graduate of Quincy High School. Barbara had a distinguished career in insurance and risk management. She worked her way to the top of her profession, over her 40+ years in the field, culminating in her being the first female director and executive vice president appointed to the Board of Frank B. Hall of Mass. Barbara believed strongly in improving the profession through ongoing education and as such, she was the driving force behind the re-establishment of the education program at the Insurance Library Assoc. of Boston, which began in 1890. A person who walked the walk as well as talking the talk, Barbara taught a class with some 30 students in the first term of the education programs renaissance. In recognition of those efforts, and the respect accorded by her colleagues on the Librarys Board of Trustees, the Library established the Barbara Thornton Award, which is presented to an outstanding student annually in her honor. She held numerous professional designations including the respected Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation. Barbara served as a role model and mentor, particularly for women aspiring for an insurance career. Her customer focused orientation was a hallmark of her reputation. When Barbara was not working, she enjoyed sewing, knitting and china painting. Barbara is survived by her daughter, Janis DeLoach and her husband Jeb of Marshfield; three grandchildren, Charlene DeLoach Oliver and her husband Craig of Natick, Justin DeLoach and his wife Cynthia of Plymouth and Christian DeLoach and his wife Stacey of Ballston Spa, N.Y.; and six great-grandchildren, Alexander, William (Liam), Nathaniel, Gwendolyn, Emma and Lily. Friends and family are invited to visitation hours Friday, March 22, in the Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home, 382 First Parish Rd., Scituate, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be celebrated Saturday, March 23, at 10 a.m. at the First Trinitarian Congregational Church, 381 Country Way, Scituate. Burial to follow in Trinity Park Cemetery, Scituate. In lieu of flowers, donations in Barbaras name may be made to the Barbara Thornton Award Fund, c/o Brookline Bank, 448 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02482. For condolences and info, www.richardsongaffeyfuneralhome.com. Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home 781-545-0196
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Mar. 21, 2013