Scholarship: Barbara Lee Crocker Memorial Scholarship
About the Sponsor
Barbara was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1947, the second daughter of Tom and Leora Doody. She attended Hunter College of the City University of New York, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1970, doing her student teaching in the inner city. Shortly thereafter she came to Sacramento and worked for the state for many years as a Computer Programmer/Analyst. Always holding on to the hope of returning to her first love, teaching, she left state service to resume her education, and achieved a Master of Arts degree in Special Education (Learning handicapped) from Sacramento State in 1994 at the age of 47.
From childhood Barbara suffered from diabetes and its debilitating effects, but she was always a cheerful person who never complained about her disability. Completing her education was a heroic effort for her. She often went to class in a wheel chair, and struggled with frequent periods of severe illness that would have caused most people to quit. Her health deteriorated rapidly after graduation, but she had a brief period of substitute teaching for students with special needs before being confined to home and bed. She derived great joy from that short period of teaching and shared that joy with everyone around her. Barbara passed away in November 1997 at the age of 50.
Barbara was a kind, gentle person who touched the lives of everyone that met her. She had a special love for children, and was always loved by those she came in contact with. This memorial fund was created by her husband and many friends. It is fitting that Barbara will continue to touch the lives of children through the careers of struggling students who are helped by the scholarships provided by this fund.