LYLES Dr. BARBARA DIGGS LYLES Dr. Barbara Diggs Lyles - brilliant and esteemed educator, inspiring and loving mother, devoted and committed wife. A bright spirit has left to light the path for those who will one day follow. On October 9, 2012 at 5:40 in the morning, she peacefully transitioned into another life. We, who are left behind, cherish the laughter, the beauty, and the many moments of enlightenment that were the gifts she unconditionally gave to all she met. A lover of science and psychology, she first earned a Bachelor's degree in Biology at Marietta College, then went on to complete a Master's program in psychology at Howard University. She became a life-long educator, who first embraced a vocation as a teacher of at-risk youth, but her love of learning and pursuit of self-perfection led her to earn a Ph.D. in Psychoeducational Studies from the University of Maryland. Upon finishing her degree, she served for more than three decades as a professor in the School of Education at Howard University. During that time, she was honored as a Distinguished Professor of the Year, and was loved and respected by students and colleagues alike. Indeed, until her transition from this life, she maintained close friendships with innumerable students, and though many of her friends and colleagues preceded her from this life, she spoke often of the part of her heart that remained at Howard long after she left. Barbara is predeceased by her son Russell, who transitioned in July of 2001. Her daughters, Jocelyn and Lauri, and her husband Russell extend sincere and heartfelt gratitude to all those friends and loved ones who have supported and cared for us during our bereavement. Although physically absent, her legacy of love and dedication remains, and we rest in the conviction that she leaves a well-lit path scattered with many and varied flowers, given and received with love and blessings overflowing. Private services were held. Private services were held. Die when I may, I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow. -Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Politician. President of the United States.
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Published in The Washington Post from Nov. 10 to Nov. 12, 2012