Barbara Hart
1963 - 2021
BORN
1963
DIED
2021
Barbara Hart
Oct. 16, 1963 - Aug. 10, 2021
Brilliant. Accomplished. Tenacious. Kind. A beautiful person inside and out. A gift to us all. These are just a few of the words friends and family use to describe Barbara Hart, PhD who left us Aug. 10, 2021, after living with metastatic breast cancer for over four years.
A champion for social justice and peace making, Barbara was a skilled mediator/facilitator for over 30 years focusing on community and public policy conflict. She earned her PhD at Trinity College Dublin, in Belfast, Northern Ireland where her research brought to light the transforming power of women's leadership in the transition to peace in Northern Ireland. Born Oct. 16, 1963, in Kalamazoo, Mich., Barbara devoted much of her life to advancing social justice and conflict resolution. She was a student activist at the University of Oregon, held leadership roles with the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) and the Oregon Mediation Association and was the director of two Portland-area community mediation centers. Since 2017, Barbara worked with Portland Parks and Recreation leading equitable community engagement on parks projects in nearly every part of the city. She was quick to stand up against injustice, a fierce supporter of women's rights and a huge fan of women's sports, especially college basketball. Barbara's love for her family and friends made her a strong ally, steadfast friend and remarkable daughter, mother, and grandmother. Barbara would wish for us to remember her by continuing her work for peace and justice for all people.
Barbara is survived by her father, Frank "Casey" McCarthy (Patricia Sensiba); mother, Martha Cristy Couch; brothers, Aaron McCarthy (Tracey Bradish) and Sam McCarthy (nephew, Taylor McCarthy, niece, Cedar McCarthy, and grandniece, Willow McCarthy); son, Jarrod Hallmark (Ashley Hallmark, granddaughter, Casey and grandson, Marcus); daughter, Rosie Hallmark (Matt Brennan); special aunt, Virginia Wilson; stepsisters, Tana Hardy and Heather Smith; and stepbrother, Jesse Smith.
Due to Covid, a memorial service will be delayed until we can safely assemble. Visit her memorial Facebook page "Friends of Barbara Hart" to post a tribute, learn how to make contributions in memory of Barbara and to be notified of a future service.
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Published by The Oregonian from Sep. 10 to Sep. 12, 2021.
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To Barbs Family, You are in my thoughts and prayers. She was pretty cool.
Randy Shoemaker
September 14, 2021
Kevin Vandecar
September 14, 2021
I was so very sorry to hear about Barbara´s death. I knew Barbara for many years after she served as a board member for The Obo Addy Legacy Project. Her grace and positive attitude were always evident. Barbara even served as a mediator for a board retreat. We will miss her so much. I´ll let other board members and performers know. I´m sorry- I just don´t have the words to express my sympathy.
Susan Addy
Work
September 12, 2021
A good friend, ethical mediator, fierce defender of rights, and loving mother and grandmother. Rest in power, Barbara.
Linda Scher
Family
September 12, 2021
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