Barbara Gilbert Carson, 70, died at home on Oct. 21, 2011, in Williamsburg.
During her life, she was always a teacher. To her students, she was an instructor and mentor. To family, friends and colleagues, she was a wonderful comrade, a gifted conversationalist and throughout her illness, an example of courage, forbearance and everlasting cheerfulness.
Raised and schooled in Lebanon, Pa., she took degrees from Brown University and the Winterthur Program at the University of Delaware. Over her long career in the classroom, she taught American history and American are at the Radcliffe Institute, George Washington University, the College of William & Mary, the New School for Social Research, the Winterthur Museum and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. She lectured widely and shared her expertise as a consultant to many museums and historical societies.
Her notable publications include "The Apparatus of Science at Harvard, 1760-1800," "Ambitious Appetites:?Dining Behavior and Patterns of Consumption in Federal Washington," "The Governor's Palace at Williamsburg" and a training course for National Park Service interpreters.
She leaves many good friends; her daughter, Purcell; and her husband, Cary, otherwise known to most of her students as "Mr. Barbara Carson."
A memorial concert is planned for early next year.
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