Barbara Alice Erwin-McGuire of Hastings passed away on Sept. 11, at age 68, after her pancreatic cancer, which had been in remission following surgery and chemotherapy, relapsed in January. She died peacefully at home with her husband, Don, and daughters, Emily and Avery, at her side.
Beebo, as she was known, was born and raised in Bethesda, Md. She obtained an undergraduate degree from Brown University and a Ph.D. in neuroanatomy from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She was also a postdoctorate fellow at Harvard University and the Rockefeller University in New York City and a lecturer in neuroanatomy at Cornell University Medical School. Beebo grew disenchanted with research science and returned to Columbia University to obtain a master’s degree in social work. For the past 15 years she was in private practice as a psychiatric social worker.
Beebo and her husband moved to Hastings in 1985, buying a small, disheveled home that expanded and improved as the family grew. She was an avid gardener and maintained a large wildflower garden on the hillside along Warburton Avenue in front of their home. She also loved quilting and was an avid genealogist tracing her Vreeland family Dutch roots back to the 17th century in New Amsterdam and in the Netherlands.