Scholar, teacher, writer, and loving friend, Dr. Barbara B. McEwen, of Cheshire, CT and Professor Emeritus of Psychology passed away on October 18, 2007 at St. Francis Hospital. Barbara was born on November 11, 1934, daughter of Martha and Herman McEwen in the Bronx, N.Y. Valedictorian of her high school class, she graduated Cum Laude from Hunter College, earned an M.A. from University of Iowa, and received her Ph.D. from McGill University in 1965. After working as an Assistant Psychologist at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and conducting research at McGill, Tulane University, and the Southern Research Institute, she accepted an Assistant Professorship at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) in 1967. In 1990, Barbara retired as a full Professor from SCSU but continued as an Adjunct Professor and author. She is recognized as the author of a major scholarly work, 'The Roles of Vasopressin and Oxytocin in Memory Processing', published by Elsevier Academic press. She is survived by two nieces, Jo-Anne Hines and husband Gary of Albany, and Linda Hayes and husband Milford of Schoharie, N.Y., 3 great nieces and 1 nephew, and many great great nephews and nieces. A celebration of Barbara's life will take place on Saturday, October 27 at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN. Friends and family may call from 8-10 a.m. An hour for remembrance will begin at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be at Beaverdale Memorial Park in New Haven, CT immediately thereafter. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be sent to the SCSU Foundation for the SCSU Scholarship Fund, c/o The Development Office, 501 Crescent St., New Haven, CT 06515.

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  1. Fortunately my letter has been read at the memorial, but one more chance to say how much I will miss Barb and our continued e-mail friendship. For Barb, the world was a living organism, and she did everything possible to save it and the creatures who are part of it. What a great life’s work.

  2. I attented Barbara’s memorial service on Oct. 27, 2007. After listening to the many heartfelt tributes from her colleagues and friends, I only wish I had taken the time to get to know her better. Her life was was full of generosity, compassion, teaching, understanding and most importantly, caring. I am so glad I attended and learned about her life. She will be sadly missed by all her Chestnut Hill neighbors.

  3. I was so surprised to hear about Barb’s passing. She was such a unique and wonderful woman, the world won’t be the same without her.

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