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BARBARA McKAY SHAVER

SHAVER, BARBARA McKAY Dr. Barbara McKay Shaver, PhD, died October 29th, 2012 at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego from complications of a heart valve transplant. Dr. Shaver was born in Detroit, Michigan on January 11th, 1936, the first of two children to Douglas M. Wills, Sr. and Helen Hajek. Two sons, Terry Garcia-Shaver and Andrew Shaver, survive her. Barbara grew up in Michigan and also Colorado where she received her Bachelor's degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She went on to receive her Master's degree at the University of New Mexico and her Doctorate's degree at CU Boulder in Diplomatic Relations. This served her well in her adventures in the Foreign Service after marrying Fred Shaver in 1957. They lived in Mexico, Washington, D.C., and Chile between 1964 and 1975. They divorced in 1972. She escaped the Pinochet regime with her two sons in 1975. Barbara's academic career blossomed after her foreign- service experiences. She landed in El Centro, CA as a faculty member of the Women's Studies department at San Diego State, Calexico and also the SDSU main campus in 1981. In 1992, Barbara also became Executive Director of Center for Family Solutions in El Centro, CA. She helped grow this former women's shelter known as Womanhaven to a multi-pro-gram, non-profit outreach agency that championed domestic violence prevention. Her passion was her work in women's and family issues and she touched and inspired countless clients and students in the Imperial Valley and the San Diego State communities. Barbara enjoyed traveling to exotic places like, Turkey, Hong Kong, and Kenya along with attending Padres games and plays at the Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park. Her brother, Doug Wills, her ex-husband, and her father and mother, preceded Dr. Shaver in death. A celebration of Barbara's life will take place at the SDSU campus in Calexico on Saturday, December 1st. Registry at 12:00 p.m. in Rodney Auditorium and memorial starts at 1:00pm. Another celebration is scheduled on the main SDSU campus in March 2013; time and date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Center for Family Solutions, P.O. Box 2219, El Centro, CA 92244.


Published in U-T San Diego on Nov. 25, 2012
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