Barbara Peevers, professor in the Department of Sociology, died in the privacy of her home with her two sons, Mike and Richard, by her side on July 31. She had been diagnosed with an acute case of leukemia last May.
Peevers was born September 30, 1930 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her education took her to many parts of the United States and abroad. She graduated as valedictorian from Gallatin County High School, Montana, and earned her first diploma in D'Edtudes de Civilization Francaise when she was only twenty. Three years later she earned a bachelor of arts from Stanford University, emphasizing the social sciences. While married to Lt. David Tompkins, Peevers held professional positions in several prestigious institutes including the Department of Industrial Engineering at Yale and Manpower Inc. in New York City, N.Y.
After her divorce in 1957, she moved to Reno, Nevada, and worked for the Washoe County Camp Fire Girls and then the Olympic Organizing Committee facilitating the development of Squaw Valley. She and Alfred Peevers became man and wife in 1960.
On a fellowship from the National Institute for Mental Health, she received her Ph.D., in 1970, from the University of Nevada, Reno and went on to accept a faculty appointment at CSU, Chico in 1973. As an educator she published several research projects and served on the University Foundation Board of Governors, the Faculty Senate, Women's Faculty Association and was a University Ombudsperson. Peevers belonged to the American Associations of Psychology and Sociology, the Society for Research in Child Development, Sigma Xi, and Phi Kappa. She also belonged to the League of Women Voters.
What she enjoyed most was family time, travel, reading, bridge, and her computer.
She is survived by her two sons, Richard of Elko, Nevada, and Michael of Chico; her stepmother, Miriam Hollands of Chico; and two grandchildren. For Memorial contributions please contact Ed Masterson at the University Foundation.