(1922 – 2013)
Barbara T. Martin was a beloved member of the WJC family. She played an integral role in the growth of the organization from its inception, and continued to contribute up to her passing on August 23 of this year. Just as precious as her work contribution was to WJC, we all also benefitted from her lovely and genuine nature. She lent a warm and welcoming hand to every WJC event she attended and helped to plan. We will miss both her tenacity in supporting education and community organizations in Pasadena and her generous and loving spirit.
From the beginning of her career, Barbara pursued two of her main passions: education and the community of Pasadena. Other than a couple of short moves to New York, NY, she remained in the Pasadena area teaching and strengthening community organizations. In her over thirty years of service to Pacific Oaks – as a director of development and trustee – she raised more than id="mce_marker",000,000 for the institution and received its Living Legends Award. The Pacific Oaks Children’s School conference room is dedicated in her name.
After leaving Pacific Oaks, Barbara consulted as a fundraiser for community nonprofits, working with The Walden School, The English Speaking Union, The Pasadena Conservatory of Music, The Pasadena Police Foundation, The Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders and Dyslexia Program, Mother’s Club Family Learning and – of course – Western Justice Center. She first helped introduce WJC to key funders and also raised substantial funding for the organization. Throughout her tenure at WJC, Barbara served as a social ambassador, establishing connections with significant people and strategic organizations in the Pasadena community. She always approached every connection with her signature warmth and grace, which only made people want to please her more.
For the past several years, one could find Barbara in the front yard of WJC indulging in another of her passions – gardening. She would snip roses for display at WJC in order to aid in the creation of an understated yet beautiful atmosphere for many meetings. She could create gorgeous professional-level flower and green arrangements and set the table to perfection. Many WJC staff members have learned proper table settings from her. Moreover, they have learned from her how compassion, hospitality and sincerity can establish meaningful relationships in even the smallest moments – great lessons for any conflict resolution practitioner to carry with them.
Ms. Martin is survived by her two daughters, Kathryn Crowe of Los Angeles and Linzee Crowe of South Pasadena, and her grandson Peter Moffett of South Pasadena.