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Dr. Barbara Jean Strain

Memorial for Dr. Barbara Jean Strain

Born in Gadsden, AL on Oct. 12, 1937
Died May 3, 2008 and resided in San Antonio, TX.
Memorial Service: Thursday, May 8, 2008
Funeral Home: Porter Loring Mortuary North
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Dr. Barbara Strain, Professor at San Antonio College, Department of Theatre and Speech Communication, died Saturday, May 3, 2008.

She was a native of Attalla, Alabama and graduated from Etowah High School. Barbara received a B.A. from Birmingham Southern College, an M.A. from Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin.

Barbara taught Speech courses at San Antonio College since 1969, including Fundamentals of Speech, Business and Professional Speech, Voice and Diction, and Pronunciation for non-native speakers. At the request of the English as a Second Language Department (ESOL), she designed the communication curriculum for two courses. In addition, she used special computer software called Video Voice to assist students to master spoken English. Performances included: San Pedro Playhouse: The House of Bernarda Alba (Bernarda), The Miracle Worker (Annie Sullivan); Birmingham Community Theatre: The Women (Mary), Cradle Song (Prioress); The Church Theatre: The Vagina Monologues; San Antonio College: The Lion in Winter (Eleanor), Hold Me, Sally Forth, An Evening with Mark Twain, Art and Poetry, The Good Body, and Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Narrator). Professional

Endeavors: Barbara co-authored and published a Speech communication textbook, Communication Skills by Barbara Strain and Patricia Wysong. Barbara was professor and clinic supervisor at Lady of the Lake College, San Antonio, for several years. She was an on-air broadcaster at OWL Radio. OWL broadcasts programming designed for blind and partially-sighted individuals. She was a licensed Speech Pathologist. She also worked for the Department of Television for Edgewood public schools in San Antonio.

Awards: Barbara was included in the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development, with recognition for excellence in teaching. She was the Minnie Piper Stevens Nominee as outstanding educator for the San Antonio area. She was a panelist and participant in the Oxford Roundtable at Oxford University in 2006 and 2007.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Emory and Hazel Strain (Attalla, Alabama), and Bob Strain (Birmingham, Alabama).

She is survived by her dear friend, Dr. Evangeline Cantu, San Antonio; brother, Dr. Bryant Strain (Ruth), Birmingham, Alabama; nieces and nephews: Karl Strain (Jennifer), Gadsden, Alabama; Allison Strain Gerard, Berea, Kentucky; Keith Strain and Deona Strain, Murphreesboro, Tennessee.

The family will receive friends after the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to: Dr. Barbara Strain Scholarship Fund, Theatre and Speech Communications Department, San Antonio College, ACCD Office of Institutional Advancement, 201 West Sheridan, Suite C-3, San Antonio, Texas, 78204-1429.

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