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OBITUARY

Barbara P. Losty

June 16, 1942September 21, 2019
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Dr. Barbara Losty of Jacksonville, FL, died on September 21, 2019. She was the daughter of Drs. Henry and Mary Paul of Norwich, NY, and is survived by a brother, Denny (wife Diane) Paul of Carmel, CA and a sister, Ellen Paul, of Waterville, ME. Barbara grew up in Norwich where she graduate from Norwich High School in 1960 with a Regents Diploma with Honors Scientific. She graduate from Wellesley College with a major in psychology. After working for a year at the Fels Research Institute, Yellow Springs, Ohio, she married Dr. Thomas Losty from Pleasant Mount, PA. Tom was a graduate student at the University of Connecticut, and Barbara taught third grade for a semester. Their daughter, Ellen, was born in September, 1966. Barbara began graduate study in January of 1967, and daughter Amanda was born in August of 1969. Barbara earned a Masters Degree in Experimental Psychology in 1969 and a Ph.D. in Child and Developmental Psychology in 1971.

While Tom began study toward a doctorate in Biochemistry, Barbara began a career in higher education. She taught Psychology at Westminster College in Fulton, MO. She accepted a teaching position at Stephens College where she moved into administration both in a college without walls program and later as Associate Dean of Faculty. She published the first research articles on adult learners in non-traditional degree programs. In 1985 she accepted a position as Campus Dean at the University of Wisconsin - Sheboygan County. After five years Barbara resigned that position to rejoin her husband who had begun to work for Swisher International, Inc. and was transferred to New Jersey. Barbara took a position as Associate Dean for Human Services Degrees at Thomas Edison State College in Newark, NJ. Tom was again transferred, this time to Jacksonville, FL. Barbara was offered the position of President of Waycross College, a freshman-sophomore transfer institution pf the University System of Georgia from which she retired in August 2006 as President Emeritus. She served twice as President of the Waycross Rotary Club and was a Paul Harris Fellow.

Tom and Barbara purchased a home in Jacksonville, where Tom continued to works as Vice President for Research and Development for Swisher International, Inc. until his retirement in May 2013. Barbara was a volunteer poll worker for Jacksonville elections and a volunteer for the Regency branch of the Jacksonville Public Library for several years until illness limited her ability to breathe without assistance from external oxygen.

She was elected to the Board of Trustees of the James M. Dye Foundation of the James M. Dye Foundation of Waycross College, later the Waycross branch of South Georgia State College. She established the OWLs (Older Wiser Learners) grant to encourage older learners to begin studies at Waycross College. She also assisted in moving the Drs. Mary & Henry Paul Scholarship to the American Chemical Society in Binghamton, NY from the no longer active chapter in Norwich, NY. Tom and she established the Michael C. Niles Grant in Art to award a cash gift to an outstanding student each semester.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to the Michael C. Niles Grant in Art scholarship at University of Missouri, or the Drs. Mary & Henry Paul scholarship fund in Binghamton, NY in her honor.

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Sharon Schattgen

September 29, 2019

Dr. Losty was one of my favorite professors when I was a student at Stephens College in the 1970s. As a Psychology major, I enrolled in every course she offered, and I was honored that she agreed to serve as my senior-thesis advisor. When I began my PhD work, I realized--and was so appreciative of--how well she (and her Stephens colleagues) had prepared me for graduate school. She was, quite simply, an exceptional teacher and mentor! I am saddened by her passing, and I send condolences to her family and friends.

Chris and John Vanchella

September 26, 2019

We were saddened to receive news of the passing of our friend, and John's former boss and mentor, Dr. Barbara Losty. We will always be grateful to Barbara for seeing that John had the skill set to be Director of Development and Community Services, even though he hadn't had those exact job experiences. This opened the door to a nice career with the University System of Georgia. Barbara and John had a great working relationship, even if they didn't always agree, and they especially enjoyed doing 'the happy dance' when he secured a nice donation for Waycross College. After retirement, our friendship continued. We often visited Barbara and Tom when we were going on cruises or passing through Jacksonville, and we enjoyed our 'cruise talk,' playing Rummikub, and good conversation. We are saddened that we didn't get the opportunity to visit with her on our next planned stop in JAX next month. Our daughter Emily and Barbara had a special connection, as they shared the same birthday and both chose George as their favored Beatle. In her last letter to me Barbara wrote that she was glad to know that Emily is studying George's music and that he has his own musical heritage. Her letter also included financial tips, this time for retirement, which she was prone to do. :) We will miss our friend and extend sympathies to Tom and all of Barbara's loved one.

Louise Thomas

September 24, 2019

My husband Steve and I met Barb and Tom through Steve's cousin Terry Thomas. We send our love and prayers to Tom and family!

John and Chris Vanchella

September 23, 2019

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John and Chris Vanchella

September 23, 2019

Waycross College faculty photo.

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Biography

Dr. Barbara Losty of Jacksonville, FL, died on September 21, 2019. She was the daughter of Drs. Henry and Mary Paul of Norwich, NY, and is survived by a brother, Denny (wife Diane) Paul of Carmel, CA and a sister, Ellen Paul, of Waterville, ME. Barbara grew up in Norwich where she graduate from Norwich High School in 1960 with a Regents Diploma with Honors Scientific. She graduate from Wellesley College with a major in psychology. After working for a year at the Fels Research Institute, Yellow Springs, Ohio, she married Dr. Thomas Losty from Pleasant Mount, PA. Tom was a graduate student at the University of Connecticut, and Barbara taught third grade for a semester. Their daughter, Ellen, was born in September, 1966. Barbara began graduate study in January of 1967, and daughter Amanda was born in August of 1969. Barbara earned a Masters Degree in Experimental Psychology in 1969 and a Ph.D. in Child and Developmental Psychology in 1971.

While Tom began study toward a doctorate in Biochemistry, Barbara began a career in higher education. She taught Psychology at Westminster College in Fulton, MO. She accepted a teaching position at Stephens College where she moved into administration both in a college without walls program and later as Associate Dean of Faculty. She published the first research articles on adult learners in non-traditional degree programs. In 1985 she accepted a position as Campus Dean at the University of Wisconsin - Sheboygan County. After five years Barbara resigned that position to rejoin her husband who had begun to work for Swisher International, Inc. and was transferred to New Jersey. Barbara took a position as Associate Dean for Human Services Degrees at Thomas Edison State College in Newark, NJ. Tom was again transferred, this time to Jacksonville, FL. Barbara was offered the position of President of Waycross College, a freshman-sophomore transfer institution pf the University System of Georgia from which she retired in August 2006 as President Emeritus. She served twice as President of the Waycross Rotary Club and was a Paul Harris Fellow.

Tom and Barbara purchased a home in Jacksonville, where Tom continued to works as Vice President for Research and Development for Swisher International, Inc. until his retirement in May 2013. Barbara was a volunteer poll worker for Jacksonville elections and a volunteer for the Regency branch of the Jacksonville Public Library for several years until illness limited her ability to breathe without assistance from external oxygen.

She was elected to the Board of Trustees of the James M. Dye Foundation of the James M. Dye Foundation of Waycross College, later the Waycross branch of South Georgia State College. She established the OWLs (Older Wiser Learners) grant to encourage older learners to begin studies at Waycross College. She also assisted in moving the Drs. Mary & Henry Paul Scholarship to the American Chemical Society in Binghamton, NY from the no longer active chapter in Norwich, NY. Tom and she established the Michael C. Niles Grant in Art to award a cash gift to an outstanding student each semester.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to the Michael C. Niles Grant in Art scholarship at University of Missouri, or the Drs. Mary & Henry Paul scholarship fund in Binghamton, NY in her honor.