Barbara Phipps Barbara Jane Phipps of Leawood, KS passed away on February 6, 2020. A tenured professor of education at the University of Kansas, Barbara trained countless teachers to enrich their classrooms with economics education while mentoring Ph.D. students who have become professors at top-tier universities across the country. Barbara also traveled extensively to Eastern Europe as a Fulbright scholar, where she taught market economics to students and educators in the emerging democracies of the post-Soviet era. Barbara is survived by her husband, Robert Strom of Leawood; by her sons, Bradley (and Sarah) Buell and Joseph (and Jordan) Buell of Wichita, KS; by her stepchildren, Mara (and Frankie) Sachs of Israel, and Aaron Strom of Cape Girardeau, MO; and by her brother, Mark Phipps of Cary, NC. She will be deeply missed by her many dear friends, former students, and seven beloved grandchildren: Lucia and Birdie Buell; Eleanor and Lilian Buell; and Avinoam, Matan and Nili Sachs. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Homer and Martha Phipps of Mason City, IA. Despite dying from complications from ALS which Barbara frequently referred to as a "dastardly disease", Barbara was never robbed of her love of travel, quilting, photography, and spending time with family and friends. In honor of Barbara's life, the family suggests contributions to The ALS Association Mid-America Chapter, 6950 Squibb Rd, Suite 201, Mission, KS 66202.
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Barb was a neighbor in our youth, in Mason City, Iowa, a high school classmate and a fellow confirmand at St James Lutheran Church (we elected her the representative of our class). It was an honor to have known her and I hope to meet her again.
Eric Rachut, M.D.
December 27, 2020
I was a year ahead of Barb in high school and knew her only slightly. But that was enough to appreciate her intelligence, kindness and sterling character. Barb radiated a standard of goodness that was made even more powerful by its gentleness. Those impressions have endured with me for over 50 years. I am thankful she lived, and thankful to those who loved her and helped her along her way.
February 16, 2020
Our very deepest sympathy is extended to Bob and all of the family. We love you, Barb, and we will miss you.
February 16, 2020
I went to elementary school with Barb in Garner IA and she was a sweet person! Im so glad she cane to our 50th class reunion even though she moved and graduated from a different school. It seems she made wonderful contributions to many with her education.