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Barbara Elizabeth LECHNER

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Age 60 Of Boston, MA Formerly of St. Paul, MN, passed away on Friday, May 10th, 2013 after a short battle with cancer. Barbara is preceded in death by mother, Evelyn Kroemer Lechner, uncle, William Yungbauer, II and cousin, William Yungbauer, III. Survived by partner of 18 years, Joan Dugas of Boston, loving daughter of father, Dr. Edgar H. Lechner, brother, Edward Lechner (Jeanne), nephew, Matthew Lechner (Rebecca), great-nephews, Henry & Theodore, aunt, Elinor Kroemer Yungbauer, cousins, James (Sharon) and family and Richard Yungbauer, many, many special friends and her beloved pets. Barbara graduated from St. Paul Academy-Summit School, attended Randolph Macon College and graduated with a Bachelors Degree from the University of Minnesota. She was a member and president of Delta Gamma Sorority. After graduating, Barbara moved to Boston and began a successful career in higher education working with both undergraduate and graduate students first at Northeastern University and later at MIT where she was Director of Student Services for the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Academic Administrator for the Computational Design and Optimization Program. She received a Master's Degree in College Counseling at Northeastern University. In 2012, her students awarded her the AIAA Undergraduate Advising Award for her positive impact on students in the AeroAstro Department. She loved her work, pets, family, entertaining and fun and made a positive impact on the working lives of her students. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 1st at 11 AM at the Roselawn Cemetery Chapel, 803 West Larpenteur Avenue, Roseville, MN 55113 (651-489-1720) with a gathering 1 hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations in Barbara's memory may be made to the Animal Humane Society, 845 Meadow Lane North, Golden Valley, MN 55422-4831 (www.animalhumane society.org). Arr. O'Halloran & Murphy Funeral Home, 651-698-0796.


Published in Pioneer Press on May 26, 2013
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