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DOUGHER, Dr. Barbara November 11, 1932 - March 7, 2014 Dr. Barbara Carr Dougher, 81, of Alpharetta GA passed away March 7, 2014. She was born November 11, 1932 in Wallace, NC. She was the daughter of the late Beulah and Stedman Carr. She was preceded in death by her first husband of 21 years, William Fred Stevens, with whom she built her family and her past beloved husband, Edward Dougher of 8 years. She is survived by her brother, Stedman Carr Jr., sons Joseph Carr Stevens and wife, Julie, of Kingman, Arizona; Stedman Stevens and wife, Susanna, of Chapel Hill, NC.; daughter, Barbara Jean Stevens of Atlanta, GA. Grandchildren include Heiden, Blair, Caroline and Wynne Stevens. After graduating from Burgaw High School, she married and had three children. At 30, Barbara attended Atlantic Christian College receiving her Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education. She went on to pursue two Master Degrees at the University of North Carolina in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. She furthered her education by achieving her PH.D from Duke University and later became certified as a Parent Educator from the University of Missouri. Throughout Barbara's life, she devoted herself to every aspect of education and served on many Educational Associations. After receiving her initial degrees, Barbara began and enjoyed her lifelong love on the front lines of her field, working at the Georgia Department of Education as Head of Early Childhood Education. Other educational positions included Director of Early Childhood Education at Peabody of Vanderbilt, Head of the Early Childhood Department at North Georgia College, Educational tour guide for the British Infant Schools, member of the Learning Institute of Child and Family Development, led the Head Start and Follow-Through program efforts with the Johnston County Schools and at the New Hanover Board of Education, as a kindergarten and first grade teacher as well as writing children's books. Barbara had a lifetime passion of creating learning opportunities for all people. She held international and national leadership roles with the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in the State Department of Education, was appointed to the National Head Start Steering Committee, served with the United States World Organization of Early Childhood Education, was a Consultant to the United States Department of Defense, member of the State Board of Georgia Association of Middle School Principals and served on the advisory boards for Georgia State University and the Georgia Preschool Association. While her career and achievements were many, her student's praise was what led others to really understand Barbara. One of her former students was Andy Baumgartner, a 1999 National Teacher of the Year. Andy singled out Barbara as one of his most inspirational teachers who helped shape his foundations by teaching him her infinitely passionate philosophy that teachers are caring, supportive guides in promoting young creative minds through nurturing, lending and assisting. Through her desire to impart that knowledge, Andy realized his role was not a job-but a mission. Andy was published in Instructor Magazine, September 1999, in an article "Doubly Blessed" in which he credits Mrs. Dougher as chartering his career. Barbara Dougher was prominent in serving her community. She was active in the Pinehurst Country Club and Garden Club, a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (3-124-NC Village Chapel), a Donald Ross Social Committee Chair and participated in supporting fundraising efforts for the galas for Habitat for Humanity of NC, Sandhills in Pinehurst, NC. She was also an alumni of the Phi Delta Kappa, George Peabody Chapter. In her spare time, Barbara loved to play bridge and was a seasoned world traveler. The beach was always "home" for her and her favorite destination was Topsail Island, NC where she spent 40 years of memorable holidays and summers. A graveside service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC. The date of the graveside service will be scheduled by Arlington National Cemetery and is pending. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Barbara Dougher to either the Habitat for Humanity of Sandhills: 2268 NC 5 Highway, Aberdeen, NC 28315 (www.sandhillshabitat.org) or the -Georgia Chapter: 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 550, Atlanta GA 30346 (www.alz.org/georgia). Arrangements are under the direction of H.M. Patterson & Son Canton Hill Chapel, 1157 Old Canton Rd., Marietta GA 30068. Online condolences may be expressed at www.hmpattersoncantonhill.com.


Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Mar. 30 to Apr. 6, 2014
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