Barbara Moldt Gorson
1950 - 2019
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Barbara Moldt Gorson
Aug 18, 1950 - Jan 5, 2019
Barbara Ann Moldt Gorson of Capitola, CA passed away peacefully at home on January 5, 2019.
Barbara was born in Corning, New York on August 18, 1950. She grew up in Penfield, a suburb of Rochester NY, where she graduated from Penfield High School as a national merit scholar and a member of the honor society. Her undergraduate degree is from the formerly all-women's college, Beaver College (seriously!), in Glenside, PA. While attending, she was active in the anti-war and emerging feminist movements, attending the major Washington D.C. marches and rallies. At college, Barbara met her beloved "Beaverettes" and lifelong friends: Chee, Jamie, Karen and Deb. She met Billy "Sunshine" Gorson in 1968. They became fast friends for 9 years, then in 1977 their relationship became one of romance and they married in 1982.
In the few years after college, Barbara moved around quite a bit, living in Philadelphia PA, Boulder CO, Boston MA, Tom's River NJ, and finally California where she moved with Billy. After a year in Northern California, Barbara and Billy moved to Los Angeles where Barbara became the Chief of Staff/Personal Assistant to Bob Dylan, managing his office/studio and providing him administrative support for six years. Over the last few years in LA, Barbara returned to school at UCLA School of Management and received her MBA.
In 1984, Barbara began a new career with Intel, moving to Silicon Valley. Her career there began as a Finance Analyst in Fab 1. This position was followed by her move to managing the US employee stock and retirement programs, then the US Benefit programs. As Asia Regional Compensation and Benefits Manager, Barbara did a stint in Hong Kong as an expat where she loved learning about the various Asian cultures she worked with. After returning to the United States, Barbara and Billy moved to Capitola and a few years later, at the age of 50, after 16 years with Intel, Barbara decided "enough was enough" and "retired."
Barbara has always loved libraries. After much consideration she decided to return to work, and wanting a change from a corporate environment and always passionate about libraries, Barbara went back to school and received her Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State in 2004. After doing some contract and consulting work, she decided to focus her energies instead on supporting the Santa Cruz Public Libraries in a volunteer capacity. She became a member of the Santa Cruz Public Library Joint Powers governing Board for two terms (2004-2011) where she served as Chair for the last few years. For her contributions to the community she was awarded the key to the city of Santa Cruz.
Barbara has been a member of the Capitola Library Advisory Committee since its inception. She was a founding member and President of the Friends of the Capitola Branch Library and an active member of the Capital Campaign, supporting the construction of the new Capitola Branch Library. In 2018, Barbara was named Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce's Woman of the Year for her library work. In 2008 Barbara and Billy adopted Lexi, a standard poodle from the shelter and they have served as staff ever since.
In addition to Barbara's library activities, she formed the New Attitude Group in 2013 with Karen Merson, one of the Beaverettes, which was created to guide and inspire 3rd Act Women (women 55 and older) to lead joyful and fulfilling lives. Barbara was a talented writer. In 2016, her story, "Crazy" came in second place in the Bookshop Santa Cruz Short Story Contest. Unfortunately, she was unable to finish her untitled mystery novel set in 1980 in the Los Angeles Rock and Roll milieu, which drew on her real life experiences but with a wholly made up cast of characters. Barbara spent many happy hours over the past 15-plus years with her Women's Singing Circle. She also spent 15 years learning marimba with Laura Mallon and happily playing with her classmates. The music of Zimbabwe brought nothing but joy to her. And she also thanks the Zimbabwean teachers who have brought this joy. Tatenda! Her yoga group and magical yoga teacher, Mary Quillan, brightened her life immeasurably.
Her husband, Billy, was the love of her life – her best friend, her husband, her life coach, her everything. Preceding her in death are Barbara's parents, Alden and Marion Moldt and sister, Cynthia Grayson. She will be forever missed by her beloved husband, Billy Gorson, their dog child, Lexi, her sister and brother Carol Moldt (Bruce Gilberg) and James Moldt (Kathy), nephews and nieces, Jeremy (Rebecca), Krista (Tommy), Alex (Laura), Joshua (Sabrina), Nick, and Hannah, and great nieces and nephew Giovanna, Francesca, and Ellis.
These Are The Best of My Days by Barbara Gorson
Let me be seen with my head in the clouds
Let me be heard above oceans and earth
Oh, oh these miracles
These are the best of my days
A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Barbara's fondest wish would be that you consider donating to the Capitola Branch Library Capital Campaign. To donate go to

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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Jan. 11, 2019.
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