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Barbara Alison Brownell D'Angelo ’66

A picture of Barbara Brownell D'Angelo

Barbara Alison Brownell D’Angelo ’66, August 9, 2012, after two and a half years of living with cancer. The oldest of seven children, Barbara lived her early years in Milwaukie and Carver and graduated from Clackamas High School before joining a proud family tradition of going to Reed, as did her parents Gloria Mierow Misar ’45 and Barry C. Brownell ’43, her grandparents, Ambrose Brownell ’17 and Helen Phillips Brownell ’19, and 12 other relatives, including aunt and uncle Patricia Brownell Lee ’43 and Robert P. Brownell ’46. She graduated in psychology and earned a PhD in clinical psychology from Washington State University in 1970. That same year, while traveling in Italy, she met her husband of 40 years, Severino D’Angelo, who composed this memorial piece. Barbara’s career included teaching psychology at San Jose State University and at Fullerton State University. Later she opened a private clinical practice in Orange County. Her students and patients remember her as inspiring, young, beautiful, and energetic. Most recently she finished a novel she started 20 years ago. She lived long enough to see Bitter Vendetta in print. She also played piano from her heart. “Barbara was brilliant, fun, and always open to new ideas. She spoke several languages and read extensively. She had true empathy for people and animals and was one of the most selfless, generous people in existence,” Severino wrote. Barbara is survived by her loving husband; her daughters Sandra and Danielle; grandchildren Sophia, Carter, Liam, and Calia; and siblings Charles, Janice, Marilyn, Curtis, Roger, and Marcia. “Barbara will be greatly missed for her incredible sense of humor, her generous and loving spirit, her love of life and people, her appreciation of the world and the environment. The world will never be the same.”

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2013

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