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Barbara D. Higham

Barbara D.  Higham Barbara Davies Higham, age 89, of Manhattan, died Monday March 13, 2017 at the Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community – Wroten House in Manhattan.

She was born on May 30, 1927 to Everett and Dorothy Davies of Scranton, PA. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA in 1948, with a BA in Economics. During the summer of 1947 she attended a special international summer school at Oxford University in England. In 1950 she received an MA from Columbia University in New York City. She taught at the Rogers School in Lowell, MA from 1949-1950.

She met her future husband, Robin, in 1948 and they were married on August 5, 1950 and moved to the Webb School of California. Mrs. Higham was assistant to the Dean of Admissions at Scripps College in Claremont and taught money-management there from 1950-1952. Back in Boston she edited the Federal Reserve Bank’s monthly newsletter until they moved to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1954. Her son Peter was born and died at birth there in 1955, and her daughter Susan was born a year later. She preceded her mother in death in 1996.

The family moved to the University of North Carolina in 1957 and stayed in Chapel Hill until 1963, when they moved to Manhattan, KS. Martha (Mrs. John Martin of St. Louis) was born in Durham, NC in 1959 and Carol Lee (Mrs. Christopher Alexander of College Station, TX) was born in Manhattan in 1965.

Shortly after arriving in Manhattan, Mrs. Higham founded the Trinity Presbyterian Church Community Pre-School and was its Director until her retirement in 2000 after 36 years. Her husband had retired from Kansas State University in 1998.

From 1974 on Mrs. Higham taught large sections of Economics I at Kansas State University for over 17 years. She was president of the KSU Social Club and serviced on the Board. She was also a member of Chapter BD of PEO and an Elder of Trinity Presbyterian Church. Also she was a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of America.

Her husband Dr. Robin D.S. Higham preceded her in death on August 27, 2015.

She is survived by her two daughters: Martha Martin (John) and Carol Lee Alexander (Christopher) and her grandchildren: Alex Martin, Nell Alexander, and Malcolm Alexander.

Private services will be held in May at the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial funds to the Trinity Presbyterian Church, Meadowlark Hills Good Samaritan Fund, or the Lake Ariel Volunteer Fire Department. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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