Barbara H. Aaron
AGE: 96 • Long Branch
Barbara H. Aaron, age 96, passed away on May 18, 2013 at home. Barbara was a 1934 graduate of Long Branch Senior High School and a member of the National Honor Society. She received her B.A. degree from Cornell University in 1938. She received two Masters Degrees from New York University - one in 1942 in Education, and the second in 1963 in Guidance and Personnel Administration. She attended Rutgers University, taking courses in Personnel Management in the early 1940s. Barbara devoted herself to children in the community, serving as an educator for most of her adult life. She taught at the Oxford School in Miami Beach, Florida Nursing School. She then taught at the Berkeley Terrace Jr. High School in Irvington, New Jersey. She served during World War II in the Signal Corps Ground Signal Service at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, as a director of Personnel Counseling Service, where she developed centers in seven areas for employee counseling. She was a teacher at the Temple Beth Miriam Religious School in Elberon, where she held the positions of Teacher, Curriculum Coordinator, and Director of Education from 1943 to 1955. Barbara taught courses in Introductory Psychology and The Family at Highland Manor Junior College, predecessor to Monmouth University, in 1948 and 1949. She served as a substitute teacher in the Long Branch School System, principally at the high school level, from 1954 to 1957. She worked as an Administrative Assistant in charge of personnel for Aaron Motors, her husband Leslie's family-owned business, between 1957 and 1960. From 1960 to 1963, she was a counselor in the Long Branch Junior High School and established a counseling service which had not existed at that level prior to her joining the staff. Additionally, she taught English to students with learning disabilities. From 1963 to 1966, Barbara served as Director of Guidance in the Eatontown School System and taught grades kindergarten through eighth grade. In 1966 through her retirement, 17 years later, she served as a guidance counselor for the Middletown Township High School. At the same time, she was a volunteer counselor at Brookdale Community College. During her professional life, she held memberships in the National Education Association, New Jersey Education Association, Monmouth County Education Association, American Personnel & Guidance Association, and the New Jersey Personnel & Guidance Association. Barbara served as the President of the Long Branch Parent-Teachers Association for two terms. She was a member of the Board of Governors of the Monmouth County Parent-Teachers Association. She was a co-Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Long Branch Board of Education. She founded and served as President of the Shore Child Study Association. Much to her delight, she established classes in pre-natal instruction at Monmouth Medical Center. She also served as a member of the Parents Advisory Board of The George School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and was a member of the Monmouth County Mental Health Board. She was also a Member of the Board of Education of Temple Beth Miriam. As a life-long resident of the City of Long Branch, Barbara was a member of the Long Branch Historical Society and a life-long member of Temple Beth Miriam in Elberon. She was also a member for 50 years at Hollywood Golf Club in Deal. Upon the death of her beloved brother, Dr. Ernest M. Heimlich, Barbara helped establish the Heimlich-Aaron Scholarship Fund at Temple Beth Miriam and upon the passing of her beloved husband, Leslie, with her family she helped establish the Leslie B. Aaron Scholarship Fund at Long Branch High School.
Barbara was pre-deceased by her father and mother, Samuel M. and Theresa S. Heimlich, her beloved brother Dr. Ernest M. Heimlich, and her beloved husband, Leslie B. Aaron. She is survived by her sons, James G. Aaron and his wife, Madlyn, of West Long Branch, New Jersey; and Barth F. Aaron and his wife, Brigitta, of Reno, Nevada. Also surviving are her grandchildren - Chad Aaron and his wife Nicole; Dr. Samantha Aaron and her husband, Jonathan Goodman; Nina Aaron and her husband Tim Ryan; and Noah Aaron. She is also survived by three great-grandchildren - Brandon Aaron, Devin Aaron, and Levi Aaron-Ryan.
There will be no interment. A memorial service is to be held at Temple Beth Miriam on Monday, May 20 at 1:00. The family asks that any donations in Barbara's memory be made to the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation, the Heimlich-Aaron Scholarship Fund at Temple Beth Miriam, or to a charity of one's choice
Published by Asbury Park Press on May 20, 2013.