Oldwine, Barbara Harris
Barbara Harris Oldwine, age 91, passed away on Friday, April 18,2014 at Emeritus Assisted Living Facility in Tampa, Florida. She was predeceased by her parents, William A. Harris and Mamie E. Harris and her husband, Cornelius V. Oldwine, Jr., her spouse of 58 years. She is survived by two daughters and sons-inlaw, Eilene Oldwine and Jeremy Carter (Bradenton, Fl) and Valerie and John Barnes (Tampa, Fl); two granddaughters Amira B. Williams (Troy) and Monica B. Lateef (Karriem) and six great grandchildren. She graduated magna cum laude from Fisk University in 1945 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. She retired in 1981 as a supervisor from the Medicaid Unit of the Broome County Department of Social Services where she gave 34 years of dedicated service. Barbara was a member of Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church for more than 80 years where she also served on the Church Vestry. For more than fifty years she was an active member of the Binghamton community. Hers was a life-long, devoted commitment to a belief in freedom, democracy and diversity, underscored by active involvement in professional, civic, educational and community service. She was actively involved in the American Association of University Women, the Binghamton Kiwanis Club, the Urban League, the NAACP, The Broome County United Way, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. as a life member, and as a founding member of its local Apalachin Alumnae Chapter. Barbara served on various Boards of Directors. These included the National Board of the Y.W.C.A. (also having served as President of the City of Binghamton Y.W.C.A), The Binghamton Metro-Interfaith Board, the NY State Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society as well as the board for the Broome County Unit. She was also appointed to the NY State Office for the Aging by then Governor Mario Cuomo. In 1990, she became a trustee of and served on the board of WSKG TV. Barbara has been the recipient of numerous awards, including: The National Association of Social Workers' Public Citizen Award (NY Chapter, Southern Tier Division), the State University of NY Board of Trustees' Distinguished Citizen Award, NY Governor Mario Cuomo's African-American of Distinction Award, the NYS Broadcaster of the Year Award, Binghamton's Bicentennial Woman of the Year Award, the Broome County Bar Association's Liberty Bell Award, the Citizen Action of New York's Phoenix Award and the American Cancer Society's Saint George Medal. In 1976, she was presented a Key to the City of Binghamton. She was also honored in the 2013 American Association of University Women (AAUW) publication "Remarkable Women in New York State History". The community mourns the loss of this great woman, an advocate for people. She will be remembered at a Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. memorial service on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fischer-Scholder Funeral Home, Inc., 269 Chenango St. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church, 44 Main St, Binghamton, NY with the Rev. Dr. David A. Drebert officiating. Interment will be in Vestal Hills Memorial Park. The family will receive friends in the Hoyt Room of the Church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.
Published by Press & Sun-Bulletin from Apr. 25 to Apr. 27, 2014.