Barbara had a warmth, intelligence, and sense of humor. She had really good causes, both in her work, and in her causes in the World.
I've known Barbara all my life, for she was my first cousin, and our mothers were not only sisters, but the best of friends. Barbara wasn't perfect, and she wouldn't have said so either, but she was wonderful. Hers was a life well lived.
(or as Barbara first called me, "Johnny")
January 23, 1927 - August 12, 2017 Barbara Ruth Visscher (Kahn) died peacefully on August 12, 2017. She is survived by her three children, Susan, Kathryn and William, and her three grandchildren, Kevin and Laura Farr and Amelia Kahn, as well as extended family, friends, colleagues and students. She grew up in the Prospect Park neighborhood of Minneapolis and attended Pratt School and Marshall High, University of Minnesota undergraduate and medical school where she received her M.D. She met Fredrick H. Kahn while doing her internship in San Francisco. They married in 1952 and in 1954 moved to West Los Angeles. Barbara earned an MPH and DrPH in Epidemiology from the UCLA School of Public Health where she went on to teach and do research until 2010. Some of her areas of interest were: Infectious disease epidemiology; AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases; slow and latent viruses; neurologic disease epidemiology; AIDS dementia. Outside of her professional life, she was a Girl Scout leader and den mother in the Mar Vista neighborhood and Sunday School teacher for the Unitarian-Universalist Society for many years. With her family, she hiked and Nordic skied in the California mountains, learned to sail with the family, and sailed with her daughters to Catalina Island. She created countless craft projects, took her children to the beach only when it was over 80 degrees, and taught them to sing rounds. She spent her last years closer to family in Minnesota. Memorials may be made to the Maurice B. Visscher Symposium or the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Fund.
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Published in Los Angeles Times from Aug. 14 to Aug. 20, 2017.